B.C. Federation of Labour #200-5118 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC Canada, V5R 4H1
A Voice at Work
With a union at your workplace you have a say in what happens at your workplace. Without a union – management calls all the shots and the people who actually do the work are often excluded from discussions where they have valuable input. Instead of dealing with arbitrary decisions from management – you have a voice.
Respect is about being paid a fair wage and being valued at work. Respect is not being bullied or harassed at work. It means management having realistic expectations and speaking to you as an adult.
Without a union – management and workers are equal before the labour board.
Fairness Rather than Favouritism
When you join a union you’ll negotiate a set of rules that guarantee respect and fairness for everyone – not just managements favorites. Pay increases, benefits and workplace conditions are guaranteed in a contract that can’t be changed without agreement of you and your co-workers.
Most unions in BC have training programs for members so you can expand your skills.
Often unions offer workplace training on your rights at work, occupational health and safety, dealing with difficult situations and public speaking.
With a union you can speak out about problems at the job without fear of being disciplined or losing your job. Under a union contract workers can only be fired when there is just cause – not just because a supervisor doesn’t like you.
A Better Workplace Environment
By yourself you don’t have much power – but when you work together with your co-workers you can get more done. With a union you have a chance to have a say in your conditions of work. You get a say about fairness, job security and respect. All to often workplaces without a union have to deal with unfair treatment, inconsistent rules or favouritism.
Having a union at work means you can make your job better rather than looking for another job.
Are you sick and tired of putting up with a bad boss?
Fill in this online form to learn more about how you can get a union at your workplace.