Knowledge is power. Know your rights. Get the facts.
We understand that the company has been briefing managers on how to give opinions about the union to employees and spread misinformation about strikes, dues, and the union.
Here’s the reality:
… About Your Rights
- Employees covered under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) have the legal right to form a union in their workplace. The NLRA States:
Section 7: “Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations to bargain collectively through representation of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining…”
Section 8: “It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer… to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7…”
- Contrary to what your employers says, you are not signing away any rights when you sign a TU card.
- View the full text of the NLRA at www.nlrb.gov.
… About what TU can and cannot do
- You may have heard some misinformation lately from T-Mobile about whether T-Mobile Workers United (TU) can represent T-Mobile workers, given its stance as a ‘minority union.’ They’ve even sent a vaguely threatening letter to T-Mobile workers, incorrectly claiming they are legally barred from talking to TU workers as they’re members of a ‘minority union.’
- To clear things up, we held the following interview with labor law expert Catherine Fisk, a professor at University of California, Irvine School of Law, about whether it is legal for TU to represent workers at T-Mobile, and what TU can and can’t do. Read it here.
… About discussing workplace issues online
- The law is clear, you absolutely can talk about workplace issues online as long as you don’t disparage the company’s business.
- T-Mobile cannot force you to be confidential or ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement when it comes to terms and conditions of your employment.
… About Strikes
- In 98% of CWA’s contracts, the union negotiates successfully without a strike.
- In CWA, the members only go out on strike during contract negotiations if a majority of these workers vote to strike.
… About FMLA
- FMLA is your federal right. It may protect you from unexcused absences at work when you or your immediate family members are ill.
- Do you have a question about FMLA? Please email us at FMLA@TUworkers.org.
It is ILLEGAL for the employer to:
- Make promises, bribe, or favor employees to convince them not to form a union;
- Ask you what your opinion about the union is;
- Threaten to fire or fire you for supporting the union;
- Harass, discipline, transfer you to another call center or store, or other worksite for supporting the union;
- Ask you to sign a non-disclosure form when you complain about harassment.