You have the legal right to organize a union, under the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)—or in some cases, a state law similar to the NLRA. It’s illegal for your employer to require you to discuss your feelings about NNOC/NNU or to discipline you in any way for exercising your right to join a union.
You have the legal right to:
- Sign an NNOC/NNU card and attend meetings to discuss NNOC/NNU
- Talk to other nurses about NNOC/NNU during work time
- Hand out written materials on non-work time (breaks, etc) in non-work areas such as the cafeteria or nurses’ lounge
- Post NNOC/NNU materials on general purpose bulletin boards, distribute in mailboxes, etc.
Anti-Union Employer Campaigns:
Most hospitals hire professional consultants (at a rate of $2000-4000 per nurse!) to try to stop nurses from organizing. Despite these efforts, RNs have won 90 percent of their NNOC/NNU elections. When nurses are united, they cannot be defeated!