You have the right to:

  • Participate in meetings to discuss joining a union.
  • Distribute, read and discuss union literature (in non-work areas, during breaks and lunch time).
  • Wear union buttons, stickers, t-shirts, and hats to show support for the union.
  • Sign a UE membership card and demand union recognition.
  • Circulate and sign petitions.
  • Join together in other activities to protest unfair treatment or demand improvements in wages, hours and working conditions.
  • Organize other employees to support the union, sign union cards, or to file grievances.These rights are protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (and similar state laws), which gives you the right to join or support a union.

It’s illegal for your boss to:

  • Fire or threaten to fire, layoff, discipline, harass, transfer, or reassign an employee because they support the union.
  • Favor employees who don’t support the union over those that do in promotions, hours, enforcement of rules or any other conditions.
  • Close or threaten to close your place of employment or take away benefits or privileges in order to discourage union activity.
  • Promise employees a pay increase, promotion, benefit or special favor if they oppose the union.
  • Ask your opinion of the union.

Under Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (and similar state laws) it is illegal for your boss to commit any of the acts listed above.

Read more:

This useful article from Facing South, 50 Years is Enough: NC public workers lobby for collective bargaining rights,” gives an overview of the struggle to overturn NCGS 95-98, the law that prohibits NC public sector workers from collective bargaining, including its origins in racist Jim Crow policies, making NCGS 95-98 “North Carolina’s last Jim Crow law.”

UE Local 150 has information about collective bargaining and workers’ rights in North Carolina.