- What is the Unionization Process?
- Step 1: Filing with the National Labor Relations Board
- Once we reach a 70% confirmed majority of interested colleagues, we will file with the NLRB to trigger an election.
- Step 2: Informing the employer of the employees' intent to join a union
- We will present MAF with a petition to give them the opportunity to voluntarily recognize us, otherwise we will proceed with the NLRB for a union election.
- Step 3: Employer chooses to recognize the union or put it to a vote
- Most employers choose to hold a vote, though there are times when they will recognize a union without it.
- Step 4: Voting date and location are scheduled
- A date and location will be confirmed within 10-15 days of filing. We plan to hold the vote at the Marciano during work hours to make it as easy for everyone to vote as possible.
- Step 5: Vote is held
- A voting station will be set up at the Marciano and monitored by officials from the NLRB.
During the day, all employees able to join the union will be able to cast an anonymous YES or NO vote.
Any cameras near the voting station will be covered to ensure privacy for voters.
AFSCME will have organizers to assist anyone not scheduled for work to help them get to the voting booth as needed.
At the end of the day, votes are tallied and the decision to join a union is finalized.
- Step 6: Bargaining committee is selected
- We will select a committee of our coworkers to represent us in negotiations for our first union contract.
We will then collectively finalize what to ask for and what to prioritize in our new contract and set a schedule for negotiations.
- Step 7: Collective bargaining commences
- We present our asks and begin negotiating with management.
Negotiations will likely take months of back and forth, and can take up to a year to have everything finalized and signed.
- Step 8: We get the contract that we fight for!