Know Your Rights
Workers are entitled to certain fundamental rights in the course of earning a living.
The right to organize and form a union, engage in collective bargaining, exercise full freedom of association and designate representative of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment;
The right to engage in a lawful strike without being permanently replaced or losing their jobs;
The right to maintain an equitable standard of living derived from compensation for their labor;
The right to job training, other services and education that will empower them to maximize their earnings, improve their occupational skills and enhance the productivity of the Nation;
The right to be assured safe and healthful working conditions and to receive from their employers a conscientious effort to reduce the number of occupational safety and health hazards at their places of employment;
The right to health care for wage earners and their families;
The right to earn their living in an environment free from all forms of discrimination;
The right to a livable and economically secure retirement;
The right to engage in the political process as guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution, which would include voluntary participation in the union's political action committee and the use of union dues money as currently provided under state and federal law.
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