Although many labor laws are not enforced or only enforced after many years of struggle, workers have an absolute right to organize. The United States Government, through the National Labor Relations Act, gives you the absolute right to:
Help form or join a union
Bargain over wages, working conditions and benefits with your employer
Have small group meetings at lunchtime or breaktime as long as you are not creating a disturbance or blocking the movement of others.
Talk about the union on your own time
Distribute literature in non-work areas
Solicit other workers for union membership, if you both are on lunchtime, breaktime, even if you are on company property.
These rights are protected by the Federal Government. An employer may not discriminate against you for exercising these rights. It is illegal for your employer to:
Threaten or coerce you.
Threaten to close the facility if you vote for the union
Bribe workers to vote against the union
Deny you the right to vote for union representation
Spy on your union activities
Ask you about your union activities
Fire, transfer or demote you in retaliation for your union activities.
To breathe life into these rights, they need to be exercised!