ELECTIONS - EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
Public employees in Washington State have the right to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining. Employees have certain rights from the date a petition is filed until certification or case closure.
As an employee you have the right to:
- form, join, or assist labor or employee organizations.
- bargain collectively through a representative of your choice.
- refuse to pay dues to a union unless you have affirmatively agreed to make such payments.
During organizing, the employer or union cannot attempt to influence an employee's choice of representation by:
- threatening with loss of jobs or benefits, physical force, or violence.
- discharging employees in connection with union activity.
- improperly promising benefits of wages, hours, or working conditions.
- misstating important facts when the other party does not have a fair chance to reply.
- forcing employees to attend or listen to a campaign speech in the period beginning 24 hours before the election period opens through the election date.
- suggesting that the Commission or its procedures favor any choice.