Freedom and democracy.
Some people think
freedom means that they get to tell you what to do, because they are the
owners and you are not. Owners have thought that way for hundreds of years.
They are wrong. Freedom is for all. The owner may own something but it isn't 1860 anymore, and they do not own the workers. Workers are entitled to a voice at work, and have a right to democratically participate in the process of setting their own wages and working conditions. This right is guaranteed by Section 7 and Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act.
But there is a process that must be followed. First, the employees form a democratic organization. Then they sign a petition or vote to prove that the majority of the workers want to have a democratic voice at work. Then they elect representatives.
You are the union.
Sometimes a group of employees want complete control of their own representation, without anyone from the outside involved. No problem. You can vote for a democracy at work - and still remain completely independent - by forming your own organization just for you and your coworkers. You get to choose whoever you like as your representative.
However, there are also many local, national and international labor unions which have a lot of useful experience, and they can be excellent representatives. If you vote for a union, you as employees and members still get to choose your local president, bargaining team, and other representatives, and you even get to vote for the international leadership of the union itself.
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