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Examples of your legal rights


The law protects and guarantees your rights to do any of the following without fear of reprisal from the employer:

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to form a union and bargain for increased wages, improved benefits, better working conditions, security and protection.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to help form a union in your workplace.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to ask your coworkers to sign a union authorization card.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to attend and take part in GMP meetings.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to invite your coworkers to attend and take part in Union meetings.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to ask your coworkers to distribute Union material on employer’s property during non-work time and in non-work areas.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to distribute union material away from the employer’s property.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to join the GMP International Union.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to invite your coworkers to join the Union on the employer’s property during non-work times and in non-work areas.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to wear union buttons, T-shirts, caps and jackets on the employer’s property during working and non-working time (provided such items or objects do not create a safety hazard).

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to ask your coworkers to wear union materials.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to phone your coworkers to discuss and encourage support for the Union.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to visit the homes of your co-workers to discuss and encourage support for the Union.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to meet and discuss the Union with your coworkers on the employer’s property during non-work time and in non-work areas (provided the meeting does not create a disturbance in the plant).

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to VOTE YES for the GMP during the secret ballot election conducted by the Federal Government.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to accept wage increases and other improved benefits and still VOTE YES for the Union during the secret ballot elections conducted by the Federal Government.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to write, sign and distribute letters, flyers or petitions supporting the Union.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to ask questions and take notes during captive audience meetings conducted by the employer.

• IT'S YOUR RIGHT to make supportive statements for the Union during captive audience meetings conducted by the company.

The situations listed above are only examples. You have many more ways to assert your rights at work. If you have any questions, please contact the GMP. We will help you know your legal rights.