More wages: jobs covered by a collective union policy agreement pay on average 32% more than jobs that are not. Unionized workers are better off: “It has long been known that unionized workers earn more than non-union workers, as confirmed by this new income data from the Labour Force Survey,” Statistics Canada said in its summer 1998 labour update. There is no better way to make a difference than to become an active defender. Download the collective agreements here. Being part of a team: workers unite in a union to negotiate together for better working conditions. Collective bargaining ends with a collective agreement – a legally binding contract between the employer and the worker. The collective agreement defines working conditions, including benefits, wages, working hours and much more. Everyone benefits: pensions, health and safety rules, maternity leave – these are some of the benefits that did not exist before the unions insisted on this. Today, they are the norm in many workplaces.
Even basic minimum labour rights are the result of 200 years of workers` efforts. Job security: If you are unionized and you are fired for no reason, your union can get your job back. If you are not a union member and you are fired for no good reason, there is nothing in the law that forces your employer to hire you. You could bring an illegal action for release, but the only way is money. Unifor has negotiated a respectable benefits and pension package for people with Unifor jobs. Claim procedure: Your collective agreement defines the steps to take if you have a complaint against management. Unionized workers also have access to legal representation if necessary. Municipalities benefit: healthy people, who earn decent wages, lead to healthy and financially stable communities. Better working conditions: from working hours to protection of harassment, health and safety, unionized workers have a better working environment. They have a place to turn around if they need help. Family benefits: EU benefits improve the quality of life, not only for the worker, but also for his or her family. For example, health and planning plans for spouses and children are on the agenda in unionized workplaces, as well as vacation leave for family-related tasks.
Talk to everyone on the board of directors to get a membership application form or to download one of the links above. Becoming a member is not automatic, it is a choice.