Retaliation after filing a charge against your union

You have the right to join or not join with coworkers.

Federal law protects your right to act together with other employees to address conditions at work. 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. 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 , or for filing an NLRB charge against an employer or union.

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.

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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.

If you believe your rights have been violated, you should contact the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). It is illegal for your union to retaliate against you for filing charges or participating in an NLRB investigation or proceeding.

You have the same rights as all covered employees under the National Labor Relations Act regardless of your immigration status, including protection against retaliation.

Additional resources

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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.