Union Certification – What is it?

When an employee joins an organization, he/she gets the right to join a union and being represented by it. However, the decision is of the employee himself, that whether he wants to be represented by an existing union or form another trade union with a group of employees. Once, the decision to form a new union is made, the newly formed union is required to obtain the Union Certification in order to participate in the collective bargaining relationship.

The union certification is the formal determination by a state agency or the national Labour Relations Board that the specific union qualifies as the formal collective bargaining unit for an industry’s or company’s workers as it possesses the support from a majority of workers (or the required minimum percentage of workers). The union certification is also termed as the “certification of Bargaining Agent”.

Once a union gets certified…

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