and Cannot Do
You should expect that in most cases that your employer will
be against employees organizing. This is normal. By building the
Union, you can overcome the obstacles management will place in
As you build your organization, expect that your supervisor will
break the law. Warn your co-workers that many of the itemized
infractions below will happen. Union activists should note any
questionable company activity and report it to your Teamster
Simple Rules for What Your Employer Can and Cannot Do:
The Employer Cannot...
Attend any union meeting, park across the street from a
meeting site or engage in any undercover activity which
would indicate that the employees are being kept under
surveillance to determine who is and who is not
participating in the union.
Tell employees that the company will fire or discipline them
if they engage in union activity. Lay off, discharge, or
discipline any employees for union activity. Grant employees
wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to
keep the union out.
Ask employees about union matters, meetings, etc.
Ask employees what they think about the union or a union
Ask employees how they intend to vote or if they are going
Threaten employees with reprisal for participating in union
activities. For example, threaten to move the plant or close
the business, curtail operations or reduce employees'
Promise benefits to employees if they reject the union.
Give financial support or other assistance to a union.
Announce that the company will not deal with the union.
Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have
signed up for union representation.
Ask the employee, during the hiring interview, about his
affiliation with a labor organization or how he feels about
Purposely team up non-union employees and keep them apart
from those supporting the union.
Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliations or
By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to
get rid of employees because of his/her union activity.
Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because
of union activity.
Deviate from company policy for the purpose of getting rid
of a union supporter.
Promise employees a reward or future benefits if they decide
Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be
discontinued if the business is unionized.
Say unionization will force the company to lay off
Say unionization will do away with vacations, flight
privileges or other benefits and privileges presently in
Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if
they get out of the union or refrain from joining the union.
Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage
or take part in its circulation if started by employees.