Step One: Signing Cards
UFCW Local 152 must prove to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that there is sufficient interest among the employees at a location to have an election. We require at least 60% of the employees to sign these “Representation Cards” before it will begin the election.
- Signing a card does NOT make you a union member.
- Signing a card does NOT mean you pay dues.
- These cards are NOT seen by your employer.
Step Two: File Petition
When 60% of employees have signed cards, we will file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), requesting that the NLRB take steps to conduct a secret ballot election to be held in your workplace. When we file the petition, we will specify which groups of employees we feel should be included in the vote.
Step Three: Election
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will conduct a secret ballot election in your workplace. Management is not allowed near the voting area and you do not put your name on the ballot, it is completely anonymous. When the election is over, the NLRB will count the ballots. If the union has received a majority of the votes, your employer will be required by law to bargain a contract in good faith.
Step Four: Questionnaires
Each employee will have the opportunity to contribute ideas for the contract. Your voice will decide which issues should be addressed. Some issues include wages, benefits, pension, dignity & respect, etc.
Step Five: Negotiations
Some of your fellow employees will serve on the Negotiating Committee and sit at the bargaining table with the Union’s professional negotiator. You will be taking an active part of the bargaining process.
Step Six: Vote on Contract
When the contract has been negotiated, YOU will vote whether to accept it or not. Only after you have voted to accept a contract will you become a union member and begin to pay union dues.