Representation / Establishment of a Union is Governed by the National Labor Relations Board. A Union (bargaining unit) is established through a successful election. - In order to petition the Board for an election, the union must show sufficient interest by the affected employees. The Union must demonstrate a minimum of 30% of affected employees have indicated interest for the Board to consider an election.
Initial contact between parties – OPEIU HEALTHCARE and Employee interest
OPEIU HEALTHCARE initially meets with core group (smaller group) of representative employees to gage interest of the group and to begin defining a potential bargaining unit.
If possible – OPEIU HEALTHCARE enlist the help of volunteers to assist with communication and organizing efforts. (Voluntary Organizing Committee)
Ongoing Collection of Names, Addresses and Telephone Numbers
Determine / Establish total number of employees in potential bargaining unit and number of signed "cards" necessary to file a petition for election with NLRB.
Ongoing collection of signed authorization cards.
Ongoing meetings with employees from the potential bargaining unit – education, communication, and answering questions.
Mailings to employees providing updates and encouraging signing of authorization cards.
Obtain a sufficient number of authorization cards and file petition with NLRB requesting an election.
NLRB evaluation, NLRB determination of bargaining unit, hearing if necessary, election is scheduled.
Election conducted – If majority of employees vote for OPEIU HEALTHCARE representation, election is successful. (NOTE: The stronger the vote the better bargaining position)
Begin preparation for bargaining first collective bargaining agreement – Negotiate first contract.
NOTE: Bargaining Unit Members do not pay any dues until the first contract is ratified!