This page is for workers at non-union companies who are seeking to organize their coworkers to win a union. If you are an employee at a company with a Teamster contract and you want to sign up to become a member, contact your Business Agent about obtaining a membership application and dues checkoff form.

Organize AT WORK

The Teamsters Union’s belief is that every working man and woman is entitled to a job that provides a decent standard of living, equal treatment, and dignity and respect on the job. As individual workers, we don’t have much power. But when we act together with our co-workers, we can make our boss listen to us and improve our workplace. That’s what unions are about.

Once you unite your coworkers in a union, the next step is to negotiate a contract. 

The only way to gain real, positive change in the workplace is to get it in writing. A legally binding Teamsters Union contract covers rights such as:

If you’re interested in organizing a union at your workplace, contact a Local 135 organizer

It’s Your Right to
Organize a Union!

If you’re interested in joining a union, it’s important to know your rights at work.

The National Labor Relations Act gives you the right to organize a union in your workplace. Here’s what you are allowed to do … and what your employer is not allowed to do …

You Have the Right to ...

These rights are protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (and similar state laws), which gives you the right to join or support a union.

It is Illegal for Your Boss to ...

Under Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (and similar state laws) it is illegal for your boss to commit any of the acts listed above.

Here's the Law ...

Section 1: The policy of the United States is to be carried out “by encouraging the practice and procedure of collective bargaining and by protecting the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives of their own choosing, for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment…”

Section 7: “Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or bargain collectively through representation of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining…”

Section 8(a): “It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer . . . to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7…”