Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are an employee, employer, current union member, or just have questions of what one of our unions can do for you.
Is the CLA a real Union?
The Christian Labor Association is a bona fide independent union recognized by the United States Government through the National Labor Relations Board.
Where is the CLA – I haven’t heard of them?
The CLA is comprised of members located throughout the United States. Although there are larger unions, you will feel the support from union members across the country working in building construction, highway and heavy construction, transportation, manufacturing, service, and agricultural industries.
What about the reference to “Christian” ?
Christian Principles are in our founding and guiding philosophy, the CLA is not a church or a church-based organization. We provide representation regardless of religion, creed, race, color or national origin.
Will my dues support politicians or political activity?
No. But did you know that many unions support certain political parties or agendas. We believe that you should have the right to make up your own mind about what political party to support.
What type of benefits does the CLA-USA offer?
Our members are provided access to health insurance, life insurance, dental, vision, income replacement insurance and defined benefit and defined contribution retirement benefits.
If I join the CLA, can my employer fire me?
Federal law gives workers the right to unionize without punishment or retaliation. The CLA will support you in enforcing the law if your employer threatens dismissal, layoff, reduced hours, or closure, that such actions are illegal.
If I am part of another union bargaining group, can my workplace switch to the CLA?
Yes, within certain time frames established by federal laws, typically commencing 90-days before end of your contract. Please contact one of our representatives to learn more.
What does the CLA do for you?
~Improve cooperation and communication in the workplace
~Negotiate Labor Agreements, the legally binding contract between you and your employer
~ Settle work disputes effectively
~Provide health and retirement benefits to meet your needs
~ Conduct membership meetings, promoting democratic participation in work conditions
~ Promote social justice values of peace, respect, and freedom
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As a CLA member, you have the right to have union representation at any meeting between you and management that involves an investigatory interview. If you want representation, you need to inform the employer that you want a union representative present at the meeting. Please contact one of our representatives to learn more about Weingarten Rights.