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Union-related "Miranda Rights" in the Workplace

  • October 1, 2000

At the voting unit hearing, the employer wants to present as much evidence as possible to convince the Regional Director to establish the most advantageous bargaining unit. If done appropriately and lawfully, interviewing employees about their jobs may provide information the employer can use to support its position on who should and should not be included in a bargaining unit.

If you decide to interview employees for this reason, do not risk running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act. The Labor Board requires employers to give employees their "Miranda" rights when they are interviewed by management representatives in connection with union-related matters (i.e., election petition hearings and unfair labor practice hearings). The form to the left should be read to the employee, after which the employee should be asked to sign and date it. And, make sure that any interview is completely voluntary and takes place in a non-coercive environment (not a management office).

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