STARTING A PGO UNION IN OHIO’S PUBLIC SECTOR
Here is what you will need to do:
- Get in touch with us by letter, phone, fax, or e-mail. We will need your name, address, phone number, and the name of your employer. All information you provide is absolutely confidential.
- Read the materials we provide you. Ask us questions. Be informed.
- Obtain signatures on cards supporting the union. You will need a solid majority of cards signed in order to be prepared for management’s strong anti-union campaign; 60% is essential; 75% is good; 85% is usually safe. Signatures should be solicited when neither you nor the employee being solicited is on “company time”. Further they should not be solicited in areas where clients or customers are present. It is best to do this in break rooms, parking lots, restrooms, etc.
- Be a loyal spokesperson for the union. Keep talking with co-workers about the union and the good it can do for them, even after they have signed cards, and especially when management begins its campaign to talk them out of supporting the union.
Here is what we need to do:
- Provide you and your co-workers with good honest information. This information can come in the form of question and answer meetings, leaflets, copies of contracts, etc.
- Provide you with good advice and helpful techniques for organizing.
- Listen to your problems and help you develop solutions, help you move from complaint to improvement.
- Take care of all of the technicalities of dealing with the State Employment Relations Board, the U.S. Labor Department, the EEOC, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and other governmental agencies charged with protecting your rights.
- Defend you against discrimination based on your activities with this union, including if necessary, legal representation.
The Professionals Guild of Ohio will provide you with a trained, experienced organizer to assist you. We will also make our staff attorney available to you to assist with your legal questions and needs in this effort.