Fired for signing a union card.

I signed a union card and two days later I was fired. The company first told me I was fired for something that was okay under company policy, then said it was for something two other employees did without penalty and then blamed it on my attendance, which was not that bad.

I think the company fired me because I signed the union card. What can I do?

1 answer  |  asked Mar 15, 2001 8:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Richard Renner
Remedies if fired for union activity.

It is unlawful to fire a worker because of union activity.

If your employment is covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), then you need to file a charge against the employer within
180 days. The charge is filed with the National Labor Relations Board which has offices in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Get the charge against employer (NLRB form 501) at:

File it at:

Region 8

Cleveland, Ohio 44199-2086 Phone: (216) 522-3716
Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building, Room 1695

Fax: (216) 522-2418

1240 East Ninth Street
Regional Director: Frederick Calatrello
Hours: 8:15 am - 4:45 pm


Region 9

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3271 Phone: (513) 684-3686
Federal Office Building, Room 3003
Fax: (513) 684-3946

550 Main Street

Regional Director: Richard L. Ahearn
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

If you work for an Ohio public employer, your charge must be filed within 90
days of the violation.

Get the form from:

File the form at:

65 East State Street,
12th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4213
Tel: (614) 644-8573
Fax: (614) 466-3074

I suggest getting a lawyer. A lawyer can help make sure the relevant facts get you in your statement to the agencies (which they will need after you file
the charge). If retaining an attorney is difficult, perhaps you can consider
paying for a lawyer to just prepare your statement.

Richard Renner
Dover, Ohio

posted by Richard Renner  |  Feb 20, 2001 6:12 PM [EST]

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