Labor unions have fought hard for centuries to win and protect workers' rights and public benefits. From public education to safety protections and social security to overtime laws, union members have worked to raise standards for all workers when it comes to economic security and justice, safety, and on-the-job protections.
While these laws do provide you with protection, the best way to protect your rights at work is to gain a voice on the job by forming a union! Union membership provides better on-the-job protections and ensures that you have access to representation if you feel your rights have been violated. For more information on how to join a union, click here.
These are some websites that provide some general information on your rights as a worker. Please check with the Department of Labor or a lawyer for how these laws apply to you.
AFL-CIO: Your Rights at Work
Can My Boss Do That?
Workers' Rights in Maine: