- What Is a Union?
- What Are the Benefits of a Union?
- Legal Right to Join a Union
- Is It Legal to Organize?
Organize — Labour’s
Terminology for Joining a Union
Welcome to our COPE SEPB organizing section of our web site.
Talk to our COPE SEPB organizers who can tell you what a union is
really all about and what steps are required to join a union. They
can provide some answers to basic questions you might have about
the benefits of joining a union and what your employer can and
can’t do after you contact a union about organizing.
MoveUP (COPE SEPB-West)
2nd Floor – 4595 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1J9
Phone: (604) 299-0378
Fax: (604) 299-8211
Liz Fong/Trish Qualtrough
Suite 701, 555 Richmond Street West
P.O. Box 1202
Toronto, ON M5V 3B1
Phone: (416) 703-8515
Toll Free: 1-800-696-7348
109 – 2709 12th Avenue
Regina, SK S4T 1J3
Fax: (306) 347-2720
COPE SEPB –
11100 – 565 East Crémazie Blvd.
Phone: (514) 522-6511
Toll free: 1-800-561-7372
Fax: (514) 522-9000
Are you dissatisfied with the terms and conditions of
employment? Do you want input into wages and working conditions?
Are you being treated unfairly? Are you worried about job
These are the reasons why most workers join union.
You are the union — you and a majority of your co-workers in the
workplace. The basic idea of a union is that by joining together
with co-workers you will have a greater ability to be more
effective in collectively improving conditions at the workplace.
These workplace improvements are achieved through the process of
collective bargaining, which concludes with a legally-binding
collective agreement, signed between the union and the
The union’s goals in a workplace are its members’ goals:
- Job Security
- Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Pay Equity
- Hours of work
- Employment Equity
- Fair Wages and Benefits
- Family Responsibility Leave
- Dignity and Respect (union security)
- Democratization of the work place
There are provincial and federal labour laws that:
- Ensure you have the right to join and organize a union;
- Protect you if your employer tries to stop you from joining a
- Give your union legal recognition; and
- Require your employer to negotiate with your union.
Your freedom to join a union is guaranteed by the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this right is protected by
Provincial Labour Relations Codes. If you work in federally
regulated sectors such as communications and transportation, the
Canada Labour Code applies. The legal agency that administers these
laws is called the Labour Relations Board (the Board).
If you are thinking about forming a union at your workplace, you
should be aware of the basic steps of the legal process.
If you are organizing a union, it is essential to follow the
correct process because employers often hire lawyers to challenge
your legal right to join a union. An established union has the
expertise and resources to make sure you avoid the legal obstacles
your employer may try to put in your way and make sure your
employer respects your right to join a union.
Working men and women have the legal right to union representation.
The Labour Relations Codes and the Canada Labour Code ensures and
protects that right. For more
information click on your Province and contact one of our
organizers for more information.
- Information for the Eastern provinces and the Territories