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Questions tagged [unions]

Unions are associations of employees joined together in the common cause of their standards of work. Unions primarily deal with the level of wages, the conditions of employment, and of particular interest the health and safety of employees. Unions are heavily regulated in most countries, but the regulations vary considerably from location to location.

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Can a Union employee dictate what goes on in a non-union employees office? [closed]

Can a Union employee dictate what goes on in a non-union employees office? E.g. some of us bring our dogs to the office. ALL of our staff is non-union. Can it be written into the new contract and have ...
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In a unionized workplace, what does an effective method of conducting union discussions look like these days?

Back in the 1950's, when my grandfather was in his heyday as a labor organizer, the meeting at the union hall was a big thing. If there was going to be two-way communication between the leadership and ...
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Falsely accused from a co-worker [closed]

I received a falsely accused complaint from a co-worker for pushing and hitting her. The accusation in fact comes right after another co-worker complaint about her best friend (aka her direct ...
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Is it better to go to my shop steward or to my supervisor

There's a new problem with some equipment. Since OSHA visited the plant last year we got some stuff fixed, but now we got new safety equipment and rules we have to follow that make things worse. So ...
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Asking clarifying question without it sounding like I'm trying to get around the rule

I recently joined a union where I agreed not to appear in recordings where the producer does not have a contract with the union. The information regarding union rules is spread out over several ...
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Non union employee included in bargaining unit [closed]

My company is going through a consultation at the moment with the possibility of redundancies. As part of this I have received a letter to say that I will be represented by the Union, even though I ...
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Purpose of work council representative attending an interview?

I will attend a technical interview in the near future for a position at a German company. In addition to technical managers, the interview board will include a representative of the local work ...
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How serious is a letter of reprimand for a US public school teacher?

My wife is a teacher in a public school and received a letter of reprimand. The boss thinks she revealed confidential information, but my wife argues she did not. She belongs to a union. How serious ...
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Question on CLA and employment contracts in Netherlands [closed]

I am currently living in the Netherlands but from the US, just found a new job and well found out I hate every thing about it. My apologies in advance if the site is more US centric and overseas ...
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Options for UK employee being overworked without pay

I have succeeded at getting what I thought to be a great job after a grueling three-stage interview. I work with nice people doing engaging and creative work. The pay is not great but its above ...
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3rd shift hours being cut [closed]

I work in the largest food processing plant of its kind in america, but the 3rd shift ( my shift) is being cut hours little by little with no explanation. We are down to 6 hours from 8 and were told ...
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Reasons not to join a union in the UK? [closed]

So, I've looked online and all I can find are the positives of joining a union and some satirical articles on why you shouldn't join. Are there any negatives, and if not, why doesn't everyone join?
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Unions having privileged access to future job role changes

I work for a company in the UK and around 50% of the employees are a part of a union. The union has two representatives which work for the company. Is it normal practice to allow union ...
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How can I convince my co-workers to join the union?

I work in a small IT company. There are a number of changes and improvements in working conditions that I and my co-workers would like to have management make. However, my co-workers insist on ...
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Advice on mixing union and non-union workers

We have had an incident where union workers in a trade were supposedly advised by their union hall to not converse with the only non-union guy from that is from their trade on the same shift. Our HR ...
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dealing with bullying [closed]

ways to deal with bullying supervisor I have a sponsorship of an employer for Australia, I am from overseas. I started working in this Tech company for 1 year on a student visa, after this a ...
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What to do if your improvements are blocked for political reasons? [duplicate]

I'm in charge of educating our trainees. In Germany, this is formalized, it takes three years for the job they are trained in. I'm working in a large logistics company that has a lot of unionized ...
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How can I stop my union from dealing with political issues I (and others) disagree with?

My workplace is unionized and even if you don't join the union a portion of your pay is still deducted to pay for the union's role in negotiating your contract. The union recently has been getting ...
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When should you form a union? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should one consider unionizing in the US? In the U.S., the Hostess liquidation has captured the public's attention. While many will miss 'Twinkies', others are trying to ...
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When should one consider unionizing in the US?

When should one consider joining or perhaps even creating a trade union in the US, as opposed to taking other actions? That is, when would it do more good for the person, rather than doing him or her ...