If you've been targeted for unionization, you should expect union organizers to visit you at home. If your goal is to keep your rights from falling into the hands of union bosses, here are some helpful tips to avoid becoming a victim of invasive union home visits.
Your first defense against an invasive union home is not to open your door.
You should also instruct your family members to not open the door for strangers. Surprisingly (and somewhat eerily), it is not unheard of for union organizers to visit employees' homes while employees are working (especially for off-shift employees), and try to wait with family members for the employees to come home.
However, if you have been lured into opening your door, your second line of defense is do not let a stranger into your house.
Now, if union organizers have succeeded in convincing you to let them into your house, your third line of defense is a good offense. Ask them some questions. For example:
How did you get my address? If they tell you they got it from your employer, it is probably a lie (unless it was stolen).
Is it your job to go to workers' houses and bother them?
Can I come to your house when you're not working and bother you?
Can I have your address?
What is the name of the president of your union?
What is his (or her) address, so I can bother him at home?
How much are you being paid to go door to door and bother people in their homes?
Do you have a union representing you with your employer, the union?
Can I see a copy of your contract with the union?
Can you give me a copy of the union's constitution? If they say 'no,' then you should reply with: Do you honestly want me to join an organization that won't tell me what its rules are?
When in Doubt, Get 'Em Out: Union organizers are paid to manipulate you into signing your rights over to the union through union authorization cards. Before you allow a stranger to convince you to turn your rights over to them, ask some really tough questions. Then, if you have a single doubt, you should get them out of your house by asking them to leave. If they refuse, then call the police.
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