Step-by-Step Guide to Forming a Union

Workers seeking to form a union at their workplace should talk to their co-workers to build support about issues they are facing.  Often workers do this through forming an organizing committee.  Workers can contact an established union for support and guidance or they may seek to organize their own independent union.

A group of workers seeking to organize a union should gather union authorization cards/petitions from their co-workers to show support for forming a union.  Union authorization cards are documents that workers sign expressing their support for union representation.

Once organizers collect signed cards or petitions from their co-workers, there are generally two paths to follow to form a union:

Majority signup/Voluntary recognition

NLRB Election