Employee Labor Rights in North Carolina
While North Carolina is a “right to work” state, the National Labor Relations Board still enforces important employee rights outside of union environments. Right to Work laws inhibit unions from growing in many states by prohibiting them from collecting dues from non-member employees, even if the union is required to advocate on behalf of those employees for better working conditions or wages. However, such laws do not leave workers unprotected from unfair labor practices.
What if I’m not in a union?
Union and Non-Union employees alike have the right to act together to try to improve their pay and working conditions. If employees are fired or otherwise retaliated against for engaging in protected group activities, they may have the right to bring an action under the National Labor Relations Act. Protected activities include things like:
- Talking with one or more co-workers about your wages and benefits or other working conditions (including through social media)
- Circulating a petition asking for better hours
- Participating in a concerted refusal to work in unsafe conditions
- Joining with coworkers to talk directly to your employer, to a government agency, or to the media about problems in your workplace