International Brotherhood of Electrical  -  Local 340

Know Your Rights

National Labor Relations Act 1935

Right to Organize

Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.

As quoted above the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 gives workers the right to organize! This means:
  • As employees of a company, you decide if you work under a union contract or not. (Not your employer).
  • Employees of any company can talk freely with each other about unions. With the unions help they can obtain a more powerful voice in their workplace.
  • Any concern about working conditions brought forward by two or more employees of any company is activity protected by law.
  • Workers have the right to collectively change any condition that pertains to work, such as on-the-job safety, drinking water on the job, pay periods, breaks, start and quit times, use of employee tools, and overtime to name a few.
While workers are attempting to unionize, it is common for employers to violate their rights. These violations are called unfair labor practices. The general rule to remember is that it is illegal for an employer to spy, promise, interrogate, or threaten you!

It is illegal to spy
on workers union activities.

It is against the law for your boss to promise you rewards of better benefits, promotions, or superior working conditions in exchange for stopping union activities.

It is illegal for your boss to
interrogate or question you about your union activities or your support for the union.

It is against the law for your boss to
make threats concerning your employment, wages, hours, or working conditions because of your union activity.

If you feel that any of your rights under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 have been violated, return to the Main Menu Buttons and Click on Forms. Fill out a NRLB Violation Form. Then send an e-mail to our IBEW business office or contact us at 916-927-4239 and we will assist you in resolving the issue.