Forming Your Union

If you are interested in more opportunity for a better life, organize your Union today.

First, join together with your co-workers. When you decide you want a union at your workplace, you and your-co-workers meet with UFCW representatives and make a plan. A committee of workers gathers names and addresses of your co-workers interested in forming a union.

Then, you file a petition and set an election date. When a strong majority of workers sign union cards, the cards are presented to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an agency of the Federal Government, and ask them for an election. The NLRB conducts the election; UFCW, the company, and the NLRB set your voting date.

Vote UNION YES. Voting UNION YES gives you the right to sit down with management to negotiate a contract and make improvements to your wages, benefits, and working conditions. If a majority of eligible workers vote YES, then you begin the process of negotiating your first contract.

Workers and Union Representatives form a negotiating committee. A committee made up of your co-workers and UFCW representatives will meet with the company to bargain a union contract with guaranteed wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Vote on your contract. You decide whether you like the agreed-upon wages, benefits, and working conditions and vote to accept or reject it. No one pays union dues until after you approve a contract.