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Union members are more likely to report health & safety violations and refuse unsafe work!

Unionized workers are more likely to have workplace benefits, pensions and paid time off!

The Union Advantage

The Union Advantage

Health & Safety

Michael Alvarado
Security Guard & Chief Steward at University Health Network, Ontario

“My job as a frontline security guard could be dangerous in the best of times. With the Covid-19 epidemic, we are doing our best to stay safe and healthy.  As a union member, I don’t worry about inadequate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), which keeps me free from exposure and stress so I could go home to my loved ones. Being part of a strong union is what gives me that confidence.”

Better wages

Rob Ricci
Forklift Operator at Brewery, British Columbia

“As a union, my co-workers and I have achieved better wages each time we sit down to bargain a collective agreement. The cost of living keeps going up and it’s important that our wages do as well so we can support our families. Being in a union means we are treated fairly and have the security of knowing that the company can’t at a whim remove benefits or reduce wages because these are protected in our union contract.”

HeaLth benefits

Olga De Cruz 
Janitor at Hallmark Housekeeping Services, Ontario

“With the power of being part of a union, my co-workers and I fought and won health benefits and a pension plan in our contract. Many janitors would not even think this is possible. To the companies and the public, we were practically invisible, but not anymore. Cleaners are some of the essential workers fighting the spread of the Coronavirus. No one should have to work without health benefits in normal times and especially during a global health pandemic.”

Recall Rights

David J. Sheppard
Casino Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia

“All of us at the Casino in Halifax are now laid off for an extended time because of Covid-19. It’s nice to know that because we are unionized our jobs are protected and we will be recalled.  Some non-unionized companies don’t necessarily have to call their employees back, or respect anyone’s seniority, and that’s an added stress that I’m grateful to not have to worry about right now.”

Paid Sick Days

John Vogel
Driver/Operator at McRae’s Environmental, British Columbia 

“Given what is happening with the pandemic, workers absolutely need to win paid sick day flexibility from their bosses. We can’t wait on the government to legislate this stuff. We won six paid sick days at the bargaining table from our company, which we can bank, or take as a cash pay-out at the end of the year. We’d never get that non-union.”

A voice at work

Kathy Sanford
Dykeland Lodge Nursing Home, Nova Scotia

“Being part of a union means that our voices and concerns get heard by management. Without a union, Management usually has the final say in everything. As a long-term care giver working during a global health pandemic, this is very important to me.  All of us here work extremely hard to take care of the residents and we need to make sure we are also taken care of and have a real voice at work.”

Health & Safety

Michael Alvarado
Security Guard & Chief Steward at University Health Network, Ontario

“My job as a frontline security guard could be dangerous in the best of times. With the Covid-19 epidemic, we are doing our best to stay safe and healthy.  As a union member, I don’t worry about inadequate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), which keeps me free from exposure and stress so I could go home to my loved ones. Being part of a strong union is what gives me that confidence.”

Heath benefits

Olga De Cruz 
Janitor at Hallmark Housekeeping Services, Ontario

“With the power of being part of a union, my co-workers and I fought and won health benefits and a pension plan in our contract. Many janitors would not even think this is possible. To the companies and the public, we were practically invisible, but not anymore. Cleaners are some of the essential workers fighting the spread of the Coronavirus. No one should have to work without health benefits in normal times and especially during a global health pandemic. “

Paid Sick Days

John Vogel
Driver/Operator at McRae’s Environmental, British Columbia 

“Given what is happening with the pandemic, workers absolutely need to win paid sick day flexibility from their bosses. We can’t wait on the government to legislate this stuff. We won six paid sick days at the bargaining table from our company, which we can bank, or take as a cash pay-out at the end of the year. We’d never get that non-union.”

A voice at work

Kathy Sanford
Dykeland Lodge Nursing Home, Nova Scotia

“Being part of a union means that our voices and concerns get heard by management. Without a union, Management usually has the final say in everything. As a long-term care giver working during a global health pandemic, this is very important to me.  All of us here work extremely hard to take care of the residents and we need to make sure we are also taken care of and have a real voice at work.”

Recall Rights

David J. Sheppard
Casino Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia

“All of us at the Casino in Halifax are now laid off for an extended time because of Covid-19. It’s nice to know that because we are unionized our jobs are protected and we will be recalled.  Some non-unionized companies don’t necessarily have to call their employees back, or respect anyone’s seniority, and that’s an added stress that I’m grateful to not have to worry about right now.”

Better wages

Rob Ricci
Forklift Operator at Brewery, British Columbia

“As a union, my co-workers and I have achieved better wages each time we sit down to bargain a collective agreement. The cost of living keeps going up and it’s important that our wages do as well so we can support our families. Being in a union means we are treated fairly and have the security of knowing that the company can’t at a whim remove benefits or reduce wages because these are protected in our union contract.”

Frequently asked questions

Thousands of workers across Canada who work in various sectors have formed a union with SEIU and negotiated contracts with medical benefits, paid sick days, improved and guaranteed wage increases and safer working conditions. You can do the same!

Yes. When you are part of a union the employer can’t get away with terminating workers without a justifiable reason. With a union you will have a grievance procedure that empowers you to fight back should you be unfairly disciplined, laid-off or fired.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, each province has adopted a different set of rules for the unionization process. Contact an organizer to get specific information on your province and work situation.

It is illegal for your employer to punish you in any way for supporting a union. The reality is that non-union workers do not have legally binding recall rights that unionized workers have won in their collective agreements. What guarantees do you have right now that your employer will call you back to work?

Yes. If you’re working from home, chances are you have a direct line of communication to many of your co-workers, some added flexibility to your schedule, and less direct supervision.  You do not need to be working under the same roof as your co-workers in order to form a union together.