Federal labor law protects both non-union and union workers who act together for “mutual aid and protection.” Under the law, this is called “concerted activity,” and employees have a right to engage with their fellow employees in concerted activity to improve their work life, including pay, working conditions, and safety. Many private sector employees are unaware that the National Labor Relations Act protects them even if there is no union in their workplace.
The National Labor Relations Board has just posted a webpage describing these rights and describing about a dozen cases nationwide – and in Wisconsin – where it upheld employees’ rights to engage in concerted activity against employer efforts to thwart them by discipline and discharge.
See it at: http://www.nlrb.gov/concerted-activity
And contact one of our labor attorneys in Milwaukee and Madison if you have questions about your rights in your workplace.
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