Here are some facts to know about kicking a union out of the workplace.
If a union organizer tells you that you can kick a union out of your workplace with no problem, you are NOT being told the truth.
The truth is, while you can legally kick a union out of your workplace, it is very difficult to do.
Should you wish to decertify a union, you need to know that unions will usually do everything in their power to prevent themselves from being decertified.
If you are interested in kicking a union out of your workplace, you (and the majorty of your co-workers) must be committed to it, as well as prepared for what tactics the union will use to try to keep the you and your co-workers under the union’s control.
LEGAL OBSTACLES TO DECERTIFICATION
While you do have a legal right to kick a union out of your workplace, there are some hurdles you need to know about.
Some of these include:
- If you are newly unionized, you cannot decertify a union for at least one year following certification of the union.
- If a contract is negotiated within the first year and you do not like it, you cannot decertify the union for the length of the contract or three years, whichever is shorter.
- If you are a union member, most unions prohibit their members from fostering, supporting, or participating in the decertification of the union and may place you on trial.
- Before attempting to decertify the union in your workplace, if you are a union member, you need to get a copy of your union’s constitution.