Private Sector Organizing
The process for Private Sector Employees to organize is a simple, swift and confidential process. It takes one third (1/3) of Company Employees to secure a Union Election by signing National Labor Relations Board “Authorization for Representation Cards”. Once the NLRB receives the signed Authorization for Representation Cards, they will typically within weeks conduct a SECRET BALLOT Union Election at your work place.
Your Employer will never know who signed the Authorization Cards or how you voted in the Union Election, as such information is totally confidential. The NLRB under law will never share any information with your Employer nor will the Union.
If you work in the Private Sector, your right to organize is protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Federal Agency that enforces the NLRA is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The National Labor Relations Act states:
Employees shall have the right to: self-organization, form, join or assist Labor Organizations, and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing.
Employees have the legal right to help organize, join and support the Teamsters Union. This includes signing a Union Authorization Card, getting others to sign cards, attending Union Meetings, wearing Union buttons, passing out Union literature and talking to other employees.
Workers have the legal right to join together and work as a team in order to help each other. It also states that employees have the legal right to deal with their employer as a group rather than individually. It gives employees the legal right to take such group action as they deem necessary in order to gain their desired goals, as long as these actions do not violate any laws.
You have the right to organize in your workplace, free from harassment and intimidation. The company cannot interfere with, restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of their rights. Anything that an employer does to interfere with this free choice is a violation of the law. You should speak to a Local 330 Teamster Organizer further about your rights on the job.
Public Sector Organizing
The Public Sector is the fastest growing segment of the Labor Movement. Teamsters have enjoyed considerable success at both organizing and representing Public Employees, Police Officers, Fire-fighters, Probation Officers, Youth Home Counselors, Highway Maintainers, Public Works Employees, etc. in Illinois, all have the benefits of Strong Teamster contracts!
If you work in the Public Sector (any State or Municipal employer) in Illinois, you have special rights. The process for Illinois Public Employees to organize a Union can be much faster and easier as compared to the Private Sector.
In 2002, the Illinois Legislature passed Amendments to the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act which gives Public Employees the right to form a Union if the majority (50% + 1) of their co-workers sign Union Authorization Cards.
Once a majority of cards are signed, the Union files the cards with the Illinois Labor Relations Board. After the Board verifies their authenticity, the Board can quickly certify the Union as the Employees’ Bargaining Unit Representative without the need for a secret ballot election, which expedites the process of becoming Unionized. The Public Employers then become obligated to bargain in good faith with the Union over wages, hours and all other terms and conditions of employment.
If you are a Public Employee looking to become Unionized, contact Teamsters Local 330 today!