Federal law protects your right to act together with other employees to address conditions at work, with or without a union. You have the right to form, join, or assist a labor organization for collective bargaining purposes or work together with coworkers without a union to improve terms and conditions of employment. This protection extends to certain work-related conversations conducted on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

You have a right to participate or not participate in any of these activities. You have a right to not be restrained or coerced by employers or labor organizations in exercising these rights. You can’t be fired, disciplined, demoted, or penalized in any way for engaging or not engaging in these activities.

You have a right to be represented by your union fairly, in good faith, and without discrimination. This duty applies to virtually every action that a union may take in dealing with an employer as your representative. For example, a union that represents you cannot refuse to process a grievance because you have criticized union officials or because you are not a member of the union.

Questions? We’re here to help.

The National Labor Relations Board (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.

Learn about filing a complaint

We’ll help you decide what to do next and determine whether filing a charge or petition is the best course of action. You must file within six months of the alleged violation to take further legal action, so it is best to begin the process early.

Please note that it is illegal for your employer to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting an issue to the NLRB.

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