Union Organizing & Collective Bargaining
The rate of membership in labor unions has never been lower in the private sector workforce than it is today, but employees throughout California are showing renewed interest in labor organizing in order to realize the benefits of collective bargaining and union grievance processes. While state and federal law provide valuable tools for protecting workplace rights, a union contract usually represents even more powerful protection against low pay, long hours and unfair treatment on the job.
Call 800-568-8020 for Legal Advice About Your Right to Form or Join a Union
If you need legal advice about your right to organize a union, the fair conduct of labor campaigns and elections, or the ways to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices on the part of your company, contact the California labor attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.
We advise clients throughout the state who need advice about union organizing and activity. Some of the services we offer include:
- Helping you and your fellow employees negotiate better schedules, work hours, and working conditions
- Defining a collective bargaining unit, or the employee group the union will represent
- Identifying unfair or unlawful employer opposition tactics
- Union election campaigns
- Protection from employer retaliation for union organizing activity
- Protection from unfair labor practices or union-busting tactics
Our lawyers can advise individuals or employee groups at any stage of the union organization or formation process anywhere in California, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Silicon Valley, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire or San Diego.
For some purposes, you don’t even need a functioning union to have collective workplace rights. For example, if the employer proposes a shift to a 10-hour, four-day week, the employees have the right to vote on it whether or not you’re represented by the union. Companies cannot impose an alternative workweek schedule without a two-thirds majority vote, properly conducted, of the employees who will be affected.
To find out more about the scope of our practice on behalf of employee groups throughout the state, contact a California labor lawyer at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik in La Jolla.