Protected from actions that your employer may choose to take. When thinking about organizing your workplace it is important to be very discreet and follow the advice of the organizer at every step of the way.
On average, the hourly wage for a full-time, non-unionized worker is $5 less per hour than a unionized worker in Ontario.
On average, non-union women earn approx. $7 less than women who work within a union.
The gap in pay between men and women working the same hours is smaller for union-represented women.
While there is still work to be done, union negotiations across Canada have closed the pay gap.
Statistics show that landed immigrants with a union earn more than those without a union.
Union workers aged 16-24 earn 27% more per hour than non-unionized young people.
Joining a union means that members are part of collective agreements with their companies, which protect them from any unexpected changes in the terms of their employment. This provides security for members and their families today and down the road, as jobs are safe and regular pay increases are guaranteed through routine collective bargaining.
We take out insurance on our homes and cars to protect their value. Paying union dues is similar; it’s an investment in your job and your future.
Have something to say about how you or your peers are treated at work? Being part of a union means that complaints and grievances cannot be ignored like they can in non-unionized environments. Unions hold management accountable for their actions, so members with workplace issues can expect to see results, not reprimands.
While there is a basic standard that all employers, unionized or not, must follow, not all workers’ rights are protected by the government. Unfortunately, many workers are unaware of even these basic rights and end up being mistreated. One major right that is afforded to everyone in Canada regardless of industry is the right to organize your workplace; to assemble, participate in and be protected by a labour union. There are several important steps to follow when considering forming a bargaining unit in your workplace but the first step is knowing you are legally entitled to be part of a union, no matter who you are.