Fill in the following text with words from the list. Do not forget to conjugate or modify them when necessary.

bargaining / a delegate / the Human Resources Manager / to join a union / a labor union / the Personnel Manager / the rank-and-filers / a secret ballot / a shop steward / the shop-floor people / a show of hands / tiers of management / a trade / a trade union / a union member / the union secretary / unionized

When I first started working, I had no idea what the use of was. Everyone told me to if I wanted to be able to defend my rights and not be exploited. So, I became .
My first action as a union member was to take part in the vote: it was a which was quite frightening. Indeed, I didn't want everybody to know what my opinions were. I would have preferred a .
I discovered was very difficult as the manager's desires and the employees' wishes were often clearly opposed. But, unfortunately, the do not often have the last word.