However, you will probably need a lawyer’s help to do so. Some collective bargaining agreements contain language on "mutual respect" that address unacceptable behavior in the workplace.The federal laws broadly regulating unions—and the amendments to those laws—have dramatically changed the look and function of unions over time.The changing laws have also acted as political mirrors, alternately protecting employees from unfair labor practices and protecting employers from unfair union practices as unions’ influence in the workplace has ebbed and flowed.Labor unions secured the legal right to represent employees in their relationships with their employers when the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), passed in 1935.That federal act also created the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to police the relationships among employees, their unions, and their employers.Employees may not use any social media tools to invite people to fundraising events or to raise any funds.
When in doubt on whether any activities are appropriate, contact the State Ethics Commission for guidance.The decision is widely expected to exclude more employees from union membership.The NLRA also contains some special exemptions for specific groups of workers within industries that are otherwise covered.With the few exceptions mentioned below, the NLRA applies to all employers involved in interstate commerce, which generally means almost every company. 37 (2006)), the NLRB broadened the "supervisor" category, with the result that more employees will now be found to be supervisors.Certain groups of employees are not covered by the NLRA. The Board found that employees who have the authority to make work assignments or direct the work of other employees may be supervisors if those tasks require some independent judgment and discretion, even if they spend only 10% to 15% of their time on these supervisory duties.Contact your local NLRB office for more information on whether your job is covered by the NLRA.In the dozen years following enactment of the NLRA, Congress was bombarded with pleas to rein in union power in the workplace.Under the NLRA, an employer may not: The NLRA requires most employers and unions to negotiate fairly with each other in good faith to try to agree to a contract that spells out the terms and conditions of employment for the workers who are members of the union.The agency enforces this requirement by using mediators, negotiators, administrative law judges, investigators, and others.There are penalties if the employee exceeds the allowed number of hours or ceiling on compensation.Post-retirees and agencies that may employ them should thoroughly read the Employees may not use work time or resources to support or run for political office or supporting fundraisers.