​​​In workplaces that fall under the National Labor Relations Act*, there are two primary methods for kicking a union out of out of your workplace:

1. By having the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) conduct a "decertification election"

2. By "demanding" that the employer "withdraw recognition" from the union.

​Both methods can accomplish the same goal and both methods require employee signatures.

However, there are some unique differences, as follows:

A decertification election requires only 30% of the employees in a particular bargaining unit to petition the National Labor Relations Board to hold a decertification election. However, once the NLRB schedules an election*, then it takes at least fifty percent (50%) of the employees voting "NO" in a secret-ballot election in order to kick a union out. 

By demanding that the employer withdraw recognition from the union, there is no election. Rather, an uncoerced majority of employees sign a petition (at link), then give a copy of the petition to the employer, as well as send a copy to the National Labor Relations Board regional office that covers your area.

some things to keep in mind

If you and your co-workers want to kick a union out of your workplace:

  • ​You must fo it without help from your employer. In other words, it is unlawful for the employer to provide you any financial support, or other assistance. Getting help from your employer can cause your attempt to kick the union out to fail.
  • You must do it within a certain time frame. See our Take Action page to better understand the time frames as to when you can kick a union out of your workplace.

Two primary ways to kick a union out


  1. * IMPORTANT: This page and the processes of union decertification, as described above, does not apply to government employees who may fall under public-sector labor laws, nor does it apply to employees employed by an airline or railroad, as they are covered under the Railway Labor Act.


Giving Employees the Tools to Achive Workplace Freedom from Unwanted Unions

​As an employee in a private-sector workplace*, you have legal rights to be unionized or not to be unionized. [To view your rights under the National Labor Relations Act, go here.]

If you are a unionized employee (or group of employees) who finds yourself stuck with a union that you do not want, you and your co-workers do have legal rights under the National Labor Relations Act to kick the union out of your workplace. 

  • To view your rights in the workplace, go here.

Since you should expect resistance from the union and, sometimes, even your employer, it is important to know several key facts: