What is a Unit Union?
A new kind of labor union, built from the ground up for 21st-century workers.
All the rights and protections you need to effectively negotiate with your employer.
Run by you, your coworkers and nobody else – each of you gets a vote.
Improve one small issue or overhaul your workplace, all on your smartphone.
How it works
The process is simple. The Unit team helps you every step of the way.
Accept an invite to an existing Unit or create a new one.
After entering your Unit, you can anonymously share feedback about your workplace and discuss solutions.
Invite your co-workers to the Unit.
Unit provides tools for you to share anonymously, digitally, and/or in-person.
Sign your digital union election petition.
When 70% of your coworkers have signed the petition, Unit will submit them to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Vote yes in the NLRB election in person or by mail to certify your Unit Union.
The majority of people who vote need to vote yes. Your employer may try to discourage you.
Negotiate a contract with management to improve your workplace.
Your Unit Union gives you strong legal protections, and Unit advisors will help you in negotiations.
Enjoy the improvements you’ve made, instead of spending time on union paperwork.
Unit does all your union busy work, including contract management and union reporting.
You only pay if you win.
Starting when you win your election, Unit software and advisors cost 0.8% of your monthly earnings.
- Your Unit Union can stop using Unit software any time you want at no cost.
- Your Unit can vote to raise dues above this cost for your own projects, such as an employee legal fund, local campaign, or social events.
Union Frequently Asked Questions
A labor union is an organized group of workers who come together to improve and/or protect their workplace.
Legally, being a member of a labor union means your company must negotiate certain workplace issues with your union. Unions are required by law to be democratic, so as a member of a union you have a voice in how it operates.
A labor union gives you a voice and protects your right to negotiate with management. A labor union can bargain with management to:
- Create transparent processes for raises and promotions
- Improve benefits
- Implement best practices, such as employee/manager feedback
- Ensure the provision and use of safety equipment and procedures
- Implement processes to deal with harassment and other complaints quickly and respectfully
- Regulate scheduling and time-planning so workers do not feel overworked and can plan their lives
- Provide stability and protect against unexpected layoffs
Not on this list? As long as it is related to your job or workplace conditions, you can still probably improve it with a union.
Companies change over time. Creating a union will help ensure your workplace stays awesome even if your boss leaves or is replaced.
When creating and bargaining with a Unit Union, you get a voice in how your union should negotiate on issues concerning job raises and promotions.
A union can help negotiate for transparent procedures that ensure promotions and raises are fair. You will vote on the final contract, so there won’t be any surprises!
Organizations thrive when their workers feel secure in their jobs and are appropriately rewarded. Unionizing helps both you and your employer by making sure your needs are met.
After improving your workplace, you and your coworkers are free to focus on doing your best work.
Union members pay dues, typically through automatic payroll deduction. These dues go towards compensating union representatives, organizing meetings, providing workers with information and help, and paying legal and administrative vendors. The typical cost of national union dues is 1.5% of your wages. For example, if you make $40k/year, you would pay about $50 per month.
With your own union, you will set your own dues. If you use Unit to run a Unit Union, we charge a monthly fee based on your wages.
Share this page with your coworkers! Help your coworkers understand that a union can benefit everyone in the workplace, including management and employees who are not interested in unions.
The benefits won by unions--such as protection against sudden layoffs and fair procedures for dealing with sexual harassment complaints--benefit everyone.
All it takes to dissolve your union or to stop using Unit is a simple vote. If you aren’t happy with Unit, please let us know. We may give you a refund as we improve the service.
Unions were fairly popular in the United States throughout the 1900s until about the 1970s. Their decline in popularity can be explained by a number of factors including legislation that made it harder for workers to unionize, changes in the workplace, and national benefits won by unions, such as the 5-day work week and the minimum wage. Unions continue to remain very popular in Europe. In countries such as Sweden and Norway, over 50% of workers are members of unions!
We're creating Unit to make it easier for workers to unionize. Let us know if anything is holding you back, and we'll try our best to fix it.
Many people are familiar with unions through the work of union federations like the AFL-CIO or large unions such as the NEA, SEIU, and UAW. National unions often have chapters all across the country. However, they are just one example of how a union can be structured.
A Unit Union is an independent union, which means you and your coworkers will vote to decide everything that happens in the union. We make that easy, through digital voting and communication tools. A Unit Union has all the same legal rights as a national labor union.
Decide a national union is best for you? Your Unit Union is free to vote at any time to affiliate with an accepting national union.
A Unit Union represents a smaller group of people (you and your coworkers), and therefore 100% of your dues and work go towards your workplace, homing in on unique challenges specific to your organization and location.
Additionally, Unit Unions have access to the Unit app, which helps you and your coworkers conveniently run your union with any smartphone or computer, and Unit advisors, who answer any questions the computers can’t.
National unions have long-established procedures and infrastructure, and they can leverage their large existing membership to bring pressure against employers and support local unions. Major national unions include the AFL-CIO, NEA, SEIU, and UAW.
As more Unit Unions are created, Units can work together to achieve more than they can alone - but we aren’t as big as the national unions yet.
Your Unit Union is free to vote at any time to affiliate with an accepting national union. You can even use your time as a Unit Union to decide which national union is best for you.
You definitely can! However, running a labor union is a lot of work, so we created Unit Union to make it easier. Unit uses best practices to ensure that your Unit Union runs smoothly and compliantly.
There are several laws, including the NLRA and LMRDA, that govern how a labor union must be run and the reports that a labor union needs to send to the government. Unit handles those for you.
Unit keeps members engaged. The Unit app is an education center and forum for voting, reporting workplace issues and harassment, reviewing managers, and staying up-to-date on Unit Union activities.
Unit is being built from the ground up to make running an independent labor union easy and rewarding. Please let us know if there is a feature you want that we aren’t talking about.
Read Common Anti-Union Arguments. If you don’t see it on there - suggest a new one!