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“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

How to Unionize

Step 1

Talk to Your Coworkers

A union is when workers join together to improve their jobs. Talk to your coworkers about wages, benefits and working conditions to see if they want to make them better, too.

Step 2

Talk to a Union Organizer

You’ll need to decide which union you’ll join. Union organizers are your guides to a succesful unionization campaign.  

Step 3

Start a Committee

With the help of a Union Organizer, you and your coworkers will build an organizing committee. This will be the key group of leaders at your workplace who feel strongest about the need to organize. Your committee will then work together to get more coworkers involved with the effort to win a union contract that makes everyone’s job better.

Step 4

Know Your Rights

Unions will bring you more control over your wages, benefits and workplace conditions. Companies would rather keep that control for themselves, so they often try to discourage employees from starting a union. Don’t worry, it is your right, protected by federal labor law, to start a union. You have the right to talk to your coworkers about starting a union and about workplace conditions, including pay.

Step 5

Sign Union Support Cards

Once a majority of your coworkers agree on the need to have a union, you will sign support cards. These cards declare that you want to start a union and you will have your selected union as your partner at work to help negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions.

Step 6

Vote!

Once a majority of your coworkers have signed union support cards, they are submitted to the National Labor Relations Board to request a union election. This part can take several weeks as the Board decides on an election date and determines who at your workplace can vote. If a majority of your coworkers vote YES at your election, your employer now has to recognize your union and bargain with you and your coworkers.

Step 7

Negotiate Your Contract

Congratulations! It’s time to get the benefits you deserve! The union negotiating team will begin working with you and your coworkers to negotiate your first union contract. You and your coworkers will have the opportunity to vote on the contract before it is finalized to ensure it has the benefits and value you deserve. After you’ve won your first contract, you can officially obtain Union membership!

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AFL-CIO Strike Map

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AFL-CIO Links Roe v. Wade Demise With Workers’ Rights

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Elon Musk’s Firing Spree Continues: Twitter Janitors Terminated Via Text

Laureta Gjoni: I don’t know what happened. We are working that Monday, December 19, when we get a message like Elon Musk decided to get out of the building. Merita Gashi: We were working, we were about 2 hours to finish the job, and they send us a message, they said...

Four Lies Big Oil Is Feeding You To Keep Gas Prices High

Narrated by California Governor Gavin Newsom Hey everybody, I’m Governor Gavin Newsom. This fall, Californians were saddled with record gas prices as Big Oil reaped record profits. When have you heard that before? This time, though, we’re going to do something about...

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The notoriously anti-union Right-To-Work Law could be on its way out in Michigan. After the re-election of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the fact that Democrats won control of both the state House and Senate, union officials and sympathetic politicians are setting...

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EPI Releases New Data on Unionization

The Economic Policy Institute has released new data showing that the number of U.S. workers represented by a union was more than 16 million in 2022. That is an increase of 200,000 from 2021. However, because nonunion jobs were added at a faster rate than union jobs,...

Could Michigan Repeal Right-To-Work Law?

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Laureta Gjoni: I don’t know what happened. We are working that Monday, December 19, when we get a message like Elon Musk decided to get out of the building. Merita Gashi: We were working, we were about 2 hours to finish the job, and they send us a message, they said...

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Narrated by California Governor Gavin Newsom Hey everybody, I’m Governor Gavin Newsom. This fall, Californians were saddled with record gas prices as Big Oil reaped record profits. When have you heard that before? This time, though, we’re going to do something about...

NLRB Rules Illegally Fired Workers Can Recoup More Expenses

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that illegally fired workers should get more than just back pay. Rather than just getting back their lost wages, other costs associated with the firings are now to be reimbursed. That includes certain costs workers incurred...

Could Michigan Repeal Right-To-Work Law?

The notoriously anti-union Right-To-Work Law could be on its way out in Michigan. After the re-election of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the fact that Democrats won control of both the state House and Senate, union officials and sympathetic politicians are setting...

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New York, NY—For the first time in their union contracts at Mount Sinai and Montefiore, nurses have won enforceable nurse-to-patient staffing ratios with expedited arbitration and potential financial penalties that lessen the financial incentive for hospitals to...

EPI Releases New Data on Unionization

The Economic Policy Institute has released new data showing that the number of U.S. workers represented by a union was more than 16 million in 2022. That is an increase of 200,000 from 2021. However, because nonunion jobs were added at a faster rate than union jobs,...

Could Michigan Repeal Right-To-Work Law?

The notoriously anti-union Right-To-Work Law could be on its way out in Michigan. After the re-election of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the fact that Democrats won control of both the state House and Senate, union officials and sympathetic politicians are setting...

Winpisinger Center Training Helps IAM Respond to Workplace Incidents

IAM members recently participated in Critical Incident Response Training, (CIRT) at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center. Brother Daniel Wicklem of IAM Local 737 gives his report on the importance of this training. The main goal of the CIRT program is to train participants on...

Statement of UAW Vice President Mike Booth on GM’s Announcement of $20.5 Million Investment into Memphis CCA, Ypsilanti Processing Center and Davison Road Processing Center

Our union applauds GM’s announcement of $20.5 million investments into the Memphis CCA, Ypsilanti Processing Center and Davison Road Processing Center, a decision that makes clear that our members are part of the future growth of General Motors. These investments will...

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