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Union Activity: The Right to Organize (CA) 

State Right-To-Work Laws
(And Which States Have Them)
A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. In other words, in "Right-to-Work" states, workers cannot negotiate contract provisions that insist all employees covered under that contract join the union (referred to as a "union shop.") Right to work laws may not apply to employees who work in the railway or airline industries or on a federal enclave.

Pros & Cons Of Being A Union Worker

Information On Unfair Labor Practices
Descriptions of different types of unfair labor practices.

Trade Unions & Labor Organizations 

National Labor Relations Board Fact Sheet
Information about the NLRB`s two principal functions, which are to determine whether employees wish to be unionized and to prevent and remedy unlawful unfair labor practices by both employers and unions.

NLRB Help Desk
If you have a job-related problem such as age discrimination, wrongful discharge, or suspect child labor violations, consult this page for a complete list of issues that the agency can help you with.

A Guide To Basic Law And Procedure Under The NLRB
Provides a framework for better understanding of the National Labor Relations Act and its administration.

NLRB Manuals
Includes a compliance manual.

Pamphlet On Public Disclosure Under The LMRDA
This pamphlet was designed to assist anyone who wishes to look at or obtain copies of reports filed under the LMRDA.

Office Of Labor-Management Standards Mission Statement
Includes a "Bill of Rights" for union members, standards for conducting fair elections of union officers; and lists safeguards for protecting union funds and assets.

Handling Labor-Management Disputes 

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Administers the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector, which guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers.

Federal Mediation And Conciliation Service (FMCS)
Offers services in areas that include dispute mediation, arbitration, and preventive mediation between labor unions and management.

About FMCS
Allows you to link to reports and brochures explaining past cases and grievances that the FMCS has handled.

Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
Enforces and administers laws governing internal union democracy and financial integrity, and union elections, which protect the rights of union members; and other laws and regulations governing employment standards and practices.

National Mediation Board (NMB)
Assists in maintaining a free flow of commerce in the railroad and airline industries by mediating and resolving disputes that could disrupt travel or imperil the economy. The Board also handles railroad and airline employee representation disputes, and provides administrative and financial support in arbitrating minor grievances in the railroad industry under section 153 of the Railway Labor Act.

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Kids & The Law  (CA)
An A-to-Z Guide for Parents with everything from the age of majority, to privacy, to their rights in school, to when they can go to work.

Certain occupations and age groups have special rules that pertain only to them, such as industrial home workers and youth employees. Federal and state laws also are very specific about what minor employees can do at work. The links below are from the US Department Of Labor.

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Taxes And Tips
Information for you if part of your income is derived from cash tips

Taxpayer Advocate Service
How to get assistance if you are experiencing a problem dealing with the IRS or if you are suffering a significant hardship as a result of the administration of the tax law, including
information about your rights as a taxpayer.

Form W-2 -- What To Do If Not Received
What to do if your employer fails to provide you with a W-2 Form by the end of January and what to do when you leave a job before the end of the year and still need your W-2

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For More See Consumer-SOS-Taxes



Directory of Consumer & Financial Services (LA County)
Directory of consumer agencies and help groups in LA County:
Includes courts, lawyer referral, mediation help for veterans and more.

Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
USERRA protects the employment and reemployment rights of persons who serve, voluntarily or involuntarily, in the uniformed services.

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Summary of Farm Worker Rights (CA) (Spanish)

Summary of Farm Worker Rights (CA) (English)

How To Hire And Work Effectively With A Lawyer

Employment Litigation and Alternatives
Learn about:  Litigation Procedures and the Courts; Starting an Action; Evidence;  Appeals;  Mediation Procedures;  Arbitration Procedures and Bringing Suit in Small-Claims Court.

The U.S. Department Of Labor  

U.S. Department Of Labor Phone #'s (All 50 States & DC)

State Departments Of Labor (All 50 States & DC)
Enforces compliance with state wage and hour laws.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)(800) 669-4000
The EEOC handles issues relating to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Mediation Index
Mediation can help you resolve your employment disputes and reach a voluntary, negotiated agreement. Choosing mediation to resolve employment discrimination disputes promotes a better work environment, reduces costs and works for the employer and the employee.

9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (800) 522-0925. 
provides callers with free and confidential information, resources, and referrals in English and Spanish concerning sexual harassment, job discrimination, work/ family issues, and other workplace problems.

A List Of Women's Rights Groups
From The Working Women's Survival Guide.

A List of Mediation And Dispute Resolution Groups
From The Working Women's Survival Guide.

Important Federal & State Agencies To Contact
From The Working Women's Survival Guide.

Assistance For Needy Families By State

Welfare assistance in every state and DC.

How To File A Complaint With OSHA (Links, FAQ's and More)
Regarding Safety In The Workplace.

National Help Orgs For A Variety Of Consumer Problems
The Elderly, Environment, Families, Government Corruption, Fraud, Health & Safety, Insurance The Handicapped, Medical Problems, Telemarketing and more.

For More Help See Consumer-SOS/Lawyers, Courts & Self Help

Union-Related  Organizations

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Investigates and provides remedies for unfair labor
practices by employers and unions.

Trade Unions & Labor Organizations 

All Purpose Help Agencies

United Way Help Line (For All 50 States, DC & Puerto Rico)
Choose your state, select your city, and look up help agencies in every state & city. Their stellar search engine can lead you to both government and non-profits alike. Just type in the words "Discrimination" and employment"  or whatever words best describe your topic.

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