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National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

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The biggest benefit of belonging to a union is having the ability to use collective bargaining in negotiating with management. This is the very essence of the right of all citizens to join forces for their common good. It is a method that has been used by the disenfranchised since the beginning of time to fight for their rights, and is often the only recourse they have.

Under the Law, we are guaranteed the right to form, join, or assist a labor organization, and to bargain collectively through representatives of your own choosing. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enforces the law that gives us the right to act together to improve our pay and working conditions or fix job-related problems.

If any of us are fired, suspended, or otherwise penalized for taking part in protected group activity, the National Labor Relations Board will fight to restore what was unlawfully taken away.


These rights were written into the original 1935 National Labor Relations Act and have been upheld in numerous decisions by appellate courts and by the U.S. Supreme Court.

We have the legal right to:

  • Join a union
  • Attend union meetings on our own time
  • Talk to a union organizer
  • Declare our self a union supporter
  • Assist in forming a union

It is illegal for Austal Management to:

  • Threaten us with discharge or punishment if we engage in union activity.
  • Threaten to shut down business if we form a union.
  • Question us about union matters, union meetings, or union supporters.
  • Ask us how we or our co-workers intend to vote in an election.
  • Ask us whether we belong to a union or have signed up to join a union.
  • Transfer us to or assign us to a less desirable work assignment because of our union activity.
  • Threaten to terminate our benefits because we unionize.
  • Threaten a layoff or loss of jobs in retaliation for voting for a union

For more information about the NLRA, click here (National Labor Relations Board website). 


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