Rights on the Job

Everyone wants smooth working relationships on the job. However, problems arise in every workplace. As an SEIU Local 6 member, you have the right to Union protection and representation as guaranteed by your contract.

Talk to your Shop Steward
If you think that management has violated your rights, or if you have questions about work, talk to your Shop Steward. Your Shop Steward is your resource on the job. You have the right to file a formal complaint seeking justice when one of your contractual rights has been violated by your supervisor. The complaint is called a “grievance” and the system used to process it is referred to as the “grievance procedure.” Refer to your contract for the exact procedure and timelines for your workplace.

All Employees:

  • CAN openly join, support, and organize for the union
  • CAN distribute and receive union literature
  • CAN wear SEIU buttons and stickers
  • CAN take part in collective steps to improve your wages and working conditions
  • CAN exercise the right of free speech – If you are permitted to talk about community and social activities at work, you can talk about the union as long as it doesn’t interfere with the normal flow of work
  • CAN attend union meetings
  • CAN file grievances for violations of the contract
  • CAN ask your colleagues to attend a meeting or take part in other union activities


  • CANNOT discriminate against us for supporting or being a member of the union
  • CANNOT prevent us from distributing union literature as long as work is not interrupted
  • CANNOT prevent us from wearing union buttons
  • CANNOT threaten us with job loss, reduction in pay or reduced promotional opportunities because we support the union
  • CANNOT interfere with our rights to free speech
  • CANNOT take part in union business
  • CANNOT permit other unions or organizations to solicit or distribute literature in work areas while denying us that same right
  • CANNOT question our feelings about the union

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