- All people are entitled to the fruits of their labor, the highest quality of life, and luxury.
- All people must engage in international working-class solidarity.
- Only through international working-class solidarity can we win a better world.
- All workers deserve a voice at their workplace, their union, and their industry.
- All workers, regardless of profession, language, seniority, and more, is a skilled worker and deserving of respect.
- All workers must have a dignified, democratic union and workplace.
- All Workers must have self-determination in the pursuit and achievement of a democratic union and workplace.
- All workers must be literate, educated, and free to gain and hold power of their workplaces and unions.
- All workers and unions must be forces of political, economic, racial, social, and environmental justice.
- All are needed for the labor movement regardless of ability, age, skill, race, color, creed, gender sexuality, or nationality.
WORKERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
- Talk openly about pay and benefits
- Circulate a petition to improve conditions (at non-work times, non-work areas)
- Deliver the petition as a group
- Distribute flyers (on non-work times and in non-work areas)
- Refuse as a group to work in unsafe conditions
- Join with your co-workers to talk to your employer about working conditions
- Walk off the job to protest unfair working conditions
- Participate in a press conference or rally to speak out about unfair working conditions
- Form a union and recruit your co-workers to join
- Threaten you or other workers with loss of your job or benefits if they join, vote, or engage in protected concerted activity.
- Close or threaten to close the business if you organize or unionize.
- Bribe you to vote against organizing a union.
- Question or interrogate you about union sympathies or activities.
- Transfer, lay off, write-up, cut-hours, fire, or retaliate against you because you engaged in union or protected concerted activities.
- Harass or discriminate against workers who stand up for their rights.
WHAT IS A PROTECTED CONCERTED ACTIVITY?
- When 2 or more workers get together to discuss work issues and take action to address them with their boss.
- You speaking to your boss on behalf of another coworker or more co-workers about improving workplace conditions
- You and a coworker discussing wages and any other work-related issues with each other.
WHAT IS PROTECTED TIME?
- Before work
- During lunch hours
- After work
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY EMPLOYER VIOLATED MY RIGHTS?
- Document what happened. If there were witnesses, talk to them and get their stories.
- Collect any written or electronic information related to what happened.
- Compile your evidence.
- Contact Nashville Workers Alliance or your local workers center for help and next steps.
Workplace Issue Report
ALL CALLS, EMAILS, AND MESSAGES TO NASHVILLE WORKERS ALLIANCE ARE ANONYMOUS UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE CONTACTED FURTHER.
DON’T LET YOUR BOSS WALK ALL OVER YOU. YOU HAVE RIGHTS.