If you are considering forming a union among your co-workers so that you can win the right to negotiate a contract, please read this information carefully
The first thing you must do is realize what this is all about: winning the right to negotiate a contract that improves and guarantees your wages, benefits, working conditions, job protections and time off.
It is a LEGAL DOCUMENT! It is enforced by your Teamster elected Shop Steward and Business Agent, and by Local 445's professional attorneys.
To win this right, you must first gain the support of your co-workers. The best way is to form a CONTRACT COMMITTEE that will lead the effort.
The federal National Labor Relations Act protects from retaliation or harassment all private sector employees who lead such efforts. (search NLRB.GOV). Municipal workers are protected by the state Public Employment Relations Board (search NY PERB). The key to gaining this protection is being able to prove that management knew you were active in the contract campaign. (This is usually done with an official document listing the names of the employees involved in the effort).
Once your co-workers have all the information, they will be asked to sign confidential AUTHORIZATION CARDS authorizing Teamsters Local 445 to be their bargaining representative. These cards are not shown to management. When at least one-third of the employees sign the cards, the Union files them with the NLRB or PERB. The NLRB or PERB then conducts a secret-ballot election at your workplace. One more than half of those who vote must vote "Yes" for the Union to win the legal authority to begin negotiations.
By that point the employees will have been surveyed regarding what they want in their contract. The employees will then elect contract reps from among their co-workers to join with the Union professionals to negotiate the contract. A contract is anywhere from 30 to 60 pages long. It usually takes at least three months to complete negotiations.
You pay no dues unless and until you and your co-workers vote by secret ballot to approve the contract presented to you (that way, if the contract is not worth the dues, you can vote no!) There is no initiation fee, except for a small one for those hired after the contract is negotiated. Monthly Union Dues are only two-and-a-half times your hourly rate for Private Sector employees (so that if you make $20 per hour, you pay $50 per month). Public Sector employees pay only two-and-one-fourth times their hourly rate once a month. Dues are tax deductable.
Nearly 99 percent of all contracts nationwide are settled without strikes, according to the federal Department of Labor, so don't let management scare you about voting for a strike. There are many non-strike strategies in the Teamsters' arsenal.
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For more information, call our Organizer Jerry Ebert's cellphone: 845-857-4768. He will talk or meet with you at your convenience to help you through the process.
Remember: it's all about winning the right to negotiate a contract, for your sake and the sake of your family.
Page Last Updated: Oct 13, 2009 (18:30:00)