Currently, we are not part of a union. Recently, we were approached asking if we would ever consider joining a union and the union representative would like to meet with us to discuss what the union could do for our employees as a whole. Is there any way that my current job could fire me simply for meeting with the union?
Employment is at will in Michigan and an employee can be fired for anything including meeting with a union representative if it is during regular working hours.
Even though Michigan is an "at-will" employment state, it is still covered by the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA makes it illegal for an employer to interfere with employees who participate in protected, concerted activity, which INCLUDES talking to union representatives about forming a union and/or collective bargaining.
The Act does NOT limit the manner, time, or place in which employees can engage in concerted activity.
In your case, it would seem pretty clear that you are engaging in protected concerted activity. Were you to be terminated for your activity, it would be a very strong NLRA action.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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