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Employee Rights - Labor

Employees are free to organize and elect their exclusive representative (union) without any interference, coercion, threats, or retaliation from management.

  • The Statute (5 U.S.C. 7102) states that each employee shall have the right to form, join, or assist any labor organization, or to refrain from any such activity, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, and each employee shall be protected in the exercise of such right. Such right includes the right:
    • To act for a labor organization in the capacity of a representative and the right, in that capacity to present the views of the labor organization to heads of agencies and other officials of the executive branch of the Government, the Congress, or other appropriate authorities, and
    • To engage in collective bargaining with respect to conditions of employment through representatives chosen by employees.
  • While all bargaining unit employees are entitled to representation by their union, employees are not required to join it. An employee “joins” the union by signing up on the appropriate form and paying dues to the union.
  • The union’s duty of fair representation means that the union must represent and assist each bargaining unit employee, without discrimination and regardless of whether he or she is a dues-paying member.

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Last Modified 9/19/2013