We hope the following helps answer any questions you have regarding union representation. Click on a question to view the answer. If you have further questions, contact UFCW Local 367 at 253-589-0367, or 1-800-562-3645 outside of Pierce County, Washington.
Are there risks in supporting the union?
While organizing a union, you have specific legal rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act. It is illegal for management to threaten, harass, or discriminate against anyone because of union activity. Management can’t even legally question employees about whether they support the union. It is up to you to decide whether or not to make your support public.
Why this Union?
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 367 is a diverse union, representing approximately 7,000 workers in six counties. We have considerable experience in your field.
What about strikes? Can the Union force me out on a strike?
Union members have the legal right to strike. Sometimes, employer demands or unfair treatment leave no alternative. But strikes are rare – according to U.S. Government figures, over 98% of all contracts in the U.S. are settled without a strike. Local 367’s bylaws stipulate that strikes occur when a two-thirds majority votes to strike. In any case, you are the only ones who can vote on your contract or a strike.
What is the main benefit of having a Union?
With a union, you stand together with your co-workers to negotiate over the issues that affect your careers. Together, your voices are strong enough to win a written contract that guarantees and improves your wages, benefits, and working conditions. You and co-workers are the union, and together, you have the strength to make a difference in your work environment. With the union, you can win the respect you deserve.