Employees’ Rights

The National Labor Relations Act extends rights to many private-sector employees, including the right to organize and bargain with their employer collectively. Grantees will find this information useful. Employees covered by the Act are protected from certain types of employer and union misconduct, and have the right to form a union.

 

The National Labor Relations Act extends rights to many private-sector employees, including the right to organize and bargain with their employer collectively. Employees covered by the Act are protected from certain types of employer and union misconduct and have the right to attempt to form a union where none currently exists.

Examples of your rights as an employee under the NLRA are:

  • Forming, or attempting to form, a union among the employees of your employer.
  • Joining a union whether the union is recognized by your employer or not.
  • Assisting a union in organizing your fellow employees.
  • Engaging in protected concerted activities. Generally, "protected concerted activity" is group activity which seeks to modify wages or working conditions.

Refusing to do any or all of these things. However, the union and employer, in a State where such agreements are permitted, may enter into a lawful union-security clause requiring employees to pay union dues and fees.

The NLRA forbids employers from interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of rights relating to organizing, forming, joining or assisting a labor organization for collective bargaining purposes, or engaging in protected concerted activities, or refraining from any such activity. Similarly, labor organizations may not restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of these rights.

Employees' Rights. U.S. Congress/National Labor Relations Board. 2007. English.

Last Reviewed: November 2008

Last Updated: November 13, 2014