DEMOCRACY AT WORK
FORMING A UNION AT YOUR WORKPLACE CAN START WITH JUST A PHONE CALL.
We represent reporters, writers, photographers, video journalists, radio broadcasters, researchers, engineers, technicians, and many others who work in the communications field.
In the U.S., most workers are protected by the National Labor Relations Act, but few know how to take advantage of the powerful tools available in collective bargaining. While forming a union isn’t easy, it’s the most rewarding and effective way that you and your colleagues can improve and safeguard the terms and conditions of your employment.
If you’re interested in forming a union at your workplace — please contact us. All inquiries are handled in the strictest confidence.
WHAT DO I DO?
First, just give us a phone call at 212-869-9290.
Who can join a union?
Workers in the United States are covered by the National Labor Relations Act, the federal law that gives employees rights and protections to form unions. The Act applies to many journalism positions and employers. The law provides powerful rights to employees — but many of them don’t apply unless you organize.
What is the process?
The law specifies that a government-supervised secret ballot election takes place after a certain number of employees indicate they are interested in forming a union.
I live in a “right to work” state. Does that matter?
No. The NLRA is a federal law and applies in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, etc. The Guild represents hundreds of workers in so-called “right to work” states and they have the same contract protections and privileges as their coworkers. The term effects the nature of union dues — nothing else.
What are the dues?
Our Constitution prohibits any dues for new units until they ratify their first contract. The dues are set democratically by the members of the Guild.
Interested? Call us 212-869-9290