help with a union democracy problem?
AUD provides guidance to unionists who want to defend
democratic rights in their unions and thereby make them more powerful.
(More about AUD and union
democracy.) For historical background, read Rebels, Reformers,
and Racketeers by AUD founder Herman Benson. See book
description.)This page provides information will help you find information
on this website and clarify your problem so that AUD staff can be more
helpful to you when you contact us. NOTE: we have a very small staff
and get many requests for information and advice. We do our best but can't
guarantee that we will be able to help.
Find information on this website:
- I have a lot of questions, where should I begin?
-- Try the archived questions and answers
about union elections, contract votes, grievances, dues, free speech,
websites, etc. (See the list of questions in the box on the left of
- What are my basic democratic rights as a union
member? -- Read this short introduction
to your rights under federal law. Democratic Rights for Union Members
(description) is AUD's main
book on this subject.
- What does the law say? Read
our summary, or see the full text
of the law (LMRDA).
- What can I do if I have a problem with a grievance?
-- Start with Your Job, Your
Rights an introductory pamphlet on grievances and union representation,
on this site. We also have sample letters
to file a grievance or request information about a grievance you already
filed. See also The Legal Rights of Union Stewards (description),
and Power on the Job (description).
- What about contract ratification vote problems?
-- See our archived questions and answers,
also the books Democratic Rights for Union Members (description)
and Power on the Job(description).
- What if I have a problem with my hiring hall?
-- See our page for building trades
- What about union election problems? -- Read
an excerpt from the AUD publication
"How to Get an Honest Union Election." -- See also Questions
and Answers, LMRDA Summary, and the
book Democratic Rights for Union Members (description)
- I am thinking of running for union office, what
do I need to know? Read an excerpt
from the AUD publication "How to Get an Honest Union Election."
-- See also our archived questions and answers, LMRDA Summary, and the book Running
for Local Union Office (description)
- How do we get started organizing for democracy
in our union? -- See the archived questions
and answers, also the Troublemaker's Handbook (description).
Several other books maybe
helpful, such as Power on the Job, and The Transformation
of US Unions (descriptions).
See also the excerpt
about starting to organize from our Manual for Survival for Women
In Non-traditional Jobs. AUD provides workshops on Legal Rights
and Organizing, see our Education page.
- Has AUD reported about my union before? --
Read articles from current and past issues of Union
- How can I find other activists in my union?
-- See our links to rank-and-file and
reform websites. See also the rank-and-file blogs on our RSS
- Can you help me set up a website? -- See
our Online Guide
to building an effective website.
- For other questions or problems, see the Legal
Rights and Organizing page, try the site
search, or contact AUD using the form below.
Note: some problems, like election complaints,
require prompt action. If you are in a hurry, contact us using the form
below or by telephone.
the information presented on this website is general and intended for
educational purposes. It is not a substitute for practical legal advice
on any specific situation.
Request help from AUD
We ask a lot of questions, but the more information
you provide, the easier it will be for us to help. Any information you
send to AUD will be kept strictly confidential.
Please use this form: http://aud2.uniondemocracy.org/request-help
What happens after I submit the form?
If we can help you with your problem or question, an AUD staff member will contact you as soon as possible. We get a lot of email and have a small staff, but we will try to reply to your message within three work days. If you need urgent help, you may want to call us at (718) 564-1114.
AUD is a not for profit organization run on a shoestring budget. We provide advice and information free of charge, but we ask that you consider joining AUD or making a donation so that we can continue to support union members.
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