- What is Organizing?
- 35 things your employer can not do
- Metal Trades/ Trainee Applicants
- Service Techs (Plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration) Applicants
- New Construction / Construction Applicants
The common term for a group of workers looking to join a union is Organizing. Workers organize for various reasons, be it to improve their working conditions, increase their pay or benefits, and/or to create a better working environment. We encourage you to read more about us to see if joining our union is right for you and/or your coworkers.
The American Promise is that if we go to school, work hard, and become a productive and faithful employee, we can then expect to support a family, raise and educate our children, enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life and retire with dignity. We were supposed to have to win the lottery, or be a corporate executive to enjoy the American dream.
That was the vision of middle class Americans, who once modeled the image of what it was to be an American. The middle class is disappearing in direct proportion to the demise of the American union movement. After World War II, nearly 30 percent of our work force belonged to unions. Today, barely half that are organized. Today, a few own the world resources while most live in poverty.
Wages of $11.00 per hour are common. For most of these workers there is no health insurance or retirement plans. The result? Taxpayers across the United States are making up for what employers should be paying with public assistance programs. That corporate welfare.
Why are wages so low? Because that the easiest way to increase profitability. The result? Today, the wealthiest one percent own as much of our nation as ninety percent of the rest of us. Corporate can earn 500 times the wages paid their workers.
- Attend any union meeting, park across the street from the hall 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 program.
- Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity
- Lay off, discharge, discipline any employee for union activity.
- Grant employees wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to keep the union out.
- Bar employee-union representatives from soliciting employees memberships on or off the company property during non-working hours.
- Ask employees about union matters, meetings, etc. (Some employees may, of their own accord, walk up and tell of such matters. It is not an unfair labor practice to listen, but to ask questions to obtain additional information is illegal).
- Ask employees what they think about the union or a union representative once the employee refuses to discuss it.
- Ask employees how they intend to vote.
- 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 benefits.
- 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.
- Threaten to close, in fact close, or move plant in order to avoid dealing with a union.
- Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have signed up for union representation.
- Ask an employee, during the hiring interview, about his affiliation with a labor organization or how he feels about unions.
- Make anti-union statements or act in a way that might show preference for a non-union man.
- Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when assigning overtime work or desirable work.
- Purposely team up non-union men and keep them apart from those supporting the union.
- Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliations or activities.
- Choose employees to be laid off in order to weaken the union strength or discourage membership in the union.
- Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.
- By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his 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.
- Take action that adversely affects an employee job or pay rate because of union activity.
- Threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.
- Threaten a union member through a third party.
- Promise employees a reward or future benefit if they decide no union.
- Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discontinued if the plant is unionized.
- Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.
- Say unionization will do away with vacations or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.
- 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.
- Urge employees to try to induce others to oppose the union or keep out of it.
- Visit the homes of employees to urge them to reject the union.
THESE POSITIONS ARE NOT APPRENTICESHIP POSITIONS. PLEASE VISIT THE HOME PAGE AND CLICK ON THE APPRENTICESHIP TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPRENTICSHIP.
Local 22 is an equal opportunity organization and partners with our equal opportunity contractors.
Brief description of positions: These positions are for individuals with experience in the service aspect of the mechanical piping trades. Trade’s school grades seasoned experienced service tech in the industry looking for a change in scenery, better benefit and wages please apply below.
Brief description of positions: These positions are for individuals with years of experience in the Mechanical piping trades in the new construction/ renovation aspect of our trade. If you have experience in Welding, Plumbing or Pipefitting please apply below.