The NLRA does not apply to all workers. The Act specifically excludes from coverage those workers who are:
- Agricultural workers
- Domestic servants
- Employed by a parent or spouse
- Independent contractors
- Supervisors and managers
- Employed subject to the Railway Labor Act
- Employed by state, local or federal government entity
- Employed by anyone who is not defined as an employer under the NLRA
If the workers agree to unionize, the individual employees will then become members of the union and will pay dues into the union to cover the costs of the services provided. A company may have union and nonunion workers at the same location.
The NLRA, which establishes procedures for selection of a labor organization to represent employees in collective bargaining, forbids employers from interfering in this process. Under the NLRA, the employer is required to bargain solely with the representative chosen by the employees.
Unions represent employees in collective bargaining processes with employers on a number of issues, including wages and salaries, benefits such as health care insurance and paid time off, general working conditions, and health and safety standards in the workplace. Unions can be useful to employees because they are experienced in negotiation and familiar with the governing laws. Unions that represent a large number of workers usually are in a stronger negotiating position than each worker would be individually.
Speak To An Employment Law Attorney
Eligible workers have the right to elect to have a qualified labor organization represent their interests in the bargaining process. If you have a question about organizing or collective bargaining, contact Law Offices of Louis D. Stober, Jr., L.L.C., in Mineola, New York, today to schedule a consultation with an employment lawyer to discuss what rights you may have. Call 877-791-8076 or complete our contact form.
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