Can employees of a non-profit organization organize into a union in WA state?
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This is a federal question, not a state law question. However, there is nothing preventing employees of a non-profit from working together to negotiate better working conditions. That includes forming a union. There are restrictions that apply to state and federal workers, to agricultural and domestic workers, and to those employed in a family business.
Labor law (employment law in the particular area of union representation) is a complex field. There are certain things you will want to do to protect your ability to bargain collectively and to protect yourself as an individual from retaliation. There are other things that you will want to avoid doing, and some may surprise you.
At the same time, if an established union gets word of your discontent, they may offer to step in and help. Be very cautious! Many unions serve their members well, but many others do little more than collect dues, becoming one more burden for the workers to carry.
I would urge you, therefore, to discuss your plans with an attorney who is familiar with labor law so that you know some of the pitfalls, and know what your rights are.