Choosing to support a union or not

You have the right to join or not join with coworkers to improve your working conditions.

Federal law protects your right to act together with other employees to address conditions at work. You have the right to form, join, or assist a labor organization for collective bargaining purposes and to work together with coworkers to improve terms and conditions of employment.

You have a right to participate or not participate in any of these activities. Federal law protects your right to decline to participate in union organizing or joint activities, and to campaign against a union during an organizing campaign.

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We’re here to help.

The NLRB is a Federal agency that protects your right to join together with other employees to improve your wages and working conditions, with or without the help of a union. For assistance, please call:

1-844-762-NLRB (1-844-762-6572)

Spanish assistance is available.

Callers who are deaf or hard of hearing who wish to speak to an NLRB representative should send an email to An NLRB representative will email the requestor with instructions on how to schedule a relay service call.

You have the same rights as all covered employees under the National Labor Relations Act regardless of your immigration status, including protection against retaliation. If you have filed a charge or are a witness and you or your representative tells us that there is NLRA protected activity at a worksite and immigration relief is necessary to protect employees who are exercising those rights or participating in the NLRB process, the NLRB will consider seeking immigration relief for employees at that worksite including deferred action, parole, U or T visa status, or other relief as available and appropriate.

Additional resources

Need more information?
The elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors are a set of online tools developed by the U.S. Department of Labor to help employees and employers understand their rights and responsibilities under Federal employment laws.