Know Your Rights

The Law

The law gives us the freedom to unite and build a better future at your hospital. It is unlawful for an employer or supervisor to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees seeking to organize or join a union. Hospital management cannot:

  • Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in a union activity.
  • Lay off or discharge any employee for union activity.
  • Promise or withhold wage increases or special concessions in order to keep employees from forming a union.
  • Prohibit employee union activists from asking others to join the union during non-work hours.
  • Ask employees about confidential union matters, meetings, etc.
  • Ask employees about the union or union representatives.
  • Ask employees how they intend to vote.
  • Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union or have signed up for a union.
  • Create/change work assignments that intend to punish or get rid of an employee because of her/his union activity.
  • Threaten employees or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.
  • Tell employees that existing benefits will be discontinued if the company is unionized.
  • Say unionization will force the employer to lay off employees.
  • Say unionization will take away vacations or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.
  • Promise employees promotions, raises, or other benefits if they vote no.
  • Threaten to close a hospital if employees form a union.

Visit NLRB.GOV for more information.