We encourage all workers to participate in the May Day Rally and March if they can. There are different requirements for workers who are at a workplace with a union contract versus those who are not, but in both circumstances there is greatest safety in numbers. When an employer knows that a large part or their workforce intends to take part in May Day, they are less likely to attempt to take action against workers for doing so. But workers participating in job actions should still be aware of the risk of retaliation from the employer.
IF YOU ARE NOT IN A UNION
If you are not in a union and are scheduled to work but want to participate in the May Day actions, then download the May Day Workers Petition below which is intended to put your employer on notice that you have a legal right to strike that day. However, even if you have a legal right to strike and participate in the May Day actions, that does not guarantee your employer won’t try to retaliate anyway. For greater protection, get as many of your co-workers to sign the petition and participate in May Day as possible. Even though the law says that with a minimum of two workers signing the petition they are supposed to be protected, you are much better off with as large a number of workers as possible.
Worker centers, labor unions, and community organizations have pledged that they will protest against any employers who do attempt to retaliate against workers for taking part in the May Day Rally and March. If you or any fellow workers are disciplined or prevented from returning to work by your employer for taking part in May Day, please call the hotline 855-435-7693, + #9 . You can also call the hotline before May 1 if you suspect that your employer is planning retaliation.
Print out the petition and have all your co-workers who are striking on May Day sign the petition. Send a copy of the petition to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give the petition to your employer prior to May 1.
IF YOU ARE IN A UNION
Union members can take the day off work by taking an approved vacation or personal day, as per their collective bargaining agreements. Union members may also be able to take the day off if the employer shuts down or reduces operations for the day knowing that enough workers are planning to go to the May Day Rally and March. However, union members may be subject to no-strike clauses in their collective bargaining agreements and should not say that they are striking on May Day. If you have any questions about whether you can take time off to participate in the May Day actions, talk to your union representative before taking any action.
THE DOCUMENT BELOW IS A RESOURCE FOR NON-UNION WORKERS ONLY. UNION WORKERS SHOULD NOT USE THIS PETITION,