What it takes to form a union at work
Let's do together what we can't do alone
Under the law it is your right to join and participate in a trade union of your choice.
The process basically goes as follows:
Workers sign union cards
When a strong majority are signed up, the cards are filed at the BC Labour Relations Board
The Labour Board orders a vote within 5 business days (the vote is conducted by email during Covid)
50% + 1 of workers vote YES in favour of the union
Bargain your union contract
What it takes to win:
Know your rights
It is illegal for your employer to:
Frequently Asked Questions
Thousands of cleaners across Canada who work in places like malls, schools and office buildings have formed a union with SEIU and negotiated contracts with medical benefits, paid personal days and sick days, improvements to wages and better working conditions. You can do the same.
When workers are forming a union, companies often say they will lose the contract to scare us. In this industry the reality is companies sometimes lose contracts (which has nothing to do with us forming a union.) With a union, should the cleaning company ever lose the contract, workers have the means to demand that the new company honour jobs and the union contract with the improvements that have already been gained.
Union dues are the way we pool our resources in order to stand-up for better working conditions and wage improvements. SEIU Union dues are usually 2% of gross earnings (only 20 cents for every $10 you earn).
You do not pay any Union dues until the majority of workers vote to approve a first contract and dues are tax deductible. Typically, the wage increase in the first collective agreement will more than cover the cost of dues.
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.