Our hospital was recently acquired from Vangaurd to Tenmet? Union organizers came to solicit nurse participation in the Union. I witnessed Organizers not only being chased off public property to hand out flyers by hospital security, but a system wide email was sent out to tell nurses to dress in street clothes so not to be recognized as nursing staff. My chief complaint, & question is...Was it legal for my employer to force me to sign in, and attend a mandatory meeting while calling it "EDUCATION" yet it was all about how horrible the Union is, and how they don't do what they promise...etc.? I had a 12 hour shift to work the night I was called at home to attend this mandatory meeting, and did not appreciate the infringement on my personal time while already required to work, besides lying
Employment / Labor Attorney
It is generally legal for an employer to require employees to come to work when they are not scheduled to do so. Please look at my Avvo guide to at-will employment which may help you understand employment rights in a non-union setting: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/an-overview-of-at-will-employment-all-states.
The legality of the employer's "captive audience" meeting depends on many factors, some of which are what statements it made during that meeting, whether statements were presented as facts or opinion, whether there were threats or coercive comments, the timing of the meeting, the duration of the meeting, and more.
You may wish to contact the union organizers in private and let them know what happened. Provide as much info as you can regarding the specific statements made. Most unions that engage in organizing drives understand that employers may hold captive audience meetings, and the union organizing your workplace is most likely clued in to this kind of thing.
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Employment / Labor Attorney
Your employer can call a meeting during work hours to present its anti-union message although there are some things the employer cannot say. You should talk to the union organizers about what happened and what was said.