In the quest for workplace equity, one of the most powerful tools at our disposal is open dialogue about wages. The good news? This right is protected by law.
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), established in 1935, empowers you to discuss your wages and benefits with your colleagues. Specifically, Section 7 of the NLRA asserts your right to engage in activities for collective bargaining or mutual aid and protection.
“Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment as authorized in section 8(a)(3) [section 158(a)(3) of this title].”
This law applies to most private sector employees. However, it’s important to note that there are exceptions, including agricultural laborers, independent contractors, and supervisors.
Interestingly, beyond this federal mandate, certain states have also enacted their own laws safeguarding this right.
Navigating employment law can be tricky, and it varies across countries and even states. That’s why it’s crucial to consult with a labor and employment attorney or an HR professional for the most current and accurate advice.
Remember, knowledge is power. So, let’s talk about pay—it’s your right.