The unionizing process

    For those that are unfamiliar with the process, unionizing your workplace can seem like an extremely daunting task. Don’t get us wrong, it’s hard work and requires a lot of diligence, but it’s simpler than you may think. If you’re thinking about organizing your workplace, this is what the process looks like.

    Choose an advocate

    The first step is to choose an advocate. This could be you or a coworker with good communications skills, strong leadership capabilities, and a passion for justice.

    Reach out

    Once you have chosen your advocate, the next step is to get in touch with us. Based on your specific situation and industry, a Teamsters 987 organizer will advise you on next steps.

    Organize a committee

    Once the Teamsters 987 organizer says it’s okay to do so, it’s time to start creating a core committee. This committee will consist of a small group of trusted coworkers who will be in charge of the organizing process along with the Teamsters 987 representative.


    Collect it all. Opinions, ideas, concerns, you name it. It is up to the committee to ensure they are listening to and representing the interests of all coworkers.

    Sign and file

    Depending on what is decided by the Teamsters 987 organizer and committee, you may have a petition or membership cards that need to be signed by coworkers. Once a certain percentage of employees have signed, the Teamsters 987 organizer then files the appropriate documentation and an application for certification.


    In some cases, the voting can be bypassed altogether, and workplaces can receive automatic certification after the signing. However, in most cases, an anonymous voting process needs to take place in order to determine whether the workplace will receive certification or not.

    Get down to business

    Once you have received certification, we get right to it and work with you to set up a collective bargaining agreement.

    Although the process is fairly simple, it’s important to remember that unionizing takes a lot of perseverance and persistence. But we’ll be here every step of the way, and it’s our job to ensure that all that perseverance pays off in the end.

    Learn more about the benefits of unionizing and what to expect from the process


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