Know Your Rights

Under the law it is your right to join and participate in a trade union of your choice.

It is illegal for your employer to:

  •  Fire you for union activities;
  •  Ask you if you have signed a union card;
  •  Ask you who else signed a union card;
  •  Threaten lay-off, cut in pay, and reduction in hours;
  •  Transfer you or give you job assignments differently than other workers;
  •  Deny the union the right to talk with you or try to prevent you from talking to the union off work time and work premises;
  •  Harass you because you support the union.

Should your employer engage in any of these activities, document it (i.e. what was said, when, where) and let a union organizer or your union rep know as soon as possible. 

Provincial Labour Law

Ontario Labour Law

Alberta Labour Law

BC Labour Law

Frequently Asked Questions

How can forming a union help?

Thousands of workers across Canada who work in malls, hotels, schools, stadiums and office buildings have a union and have negotiated contracts with benefits, improvements to wages and working conditions. We can do the same.

Does having a union provide me with more job security?

Yes. When we have a union the employer can’t get away with terminating us without a justifiable reason. With a union we will have a grievance process by which we can fight back should we be unfairly disciplined, laid-off or fired.

If we form a union, will the cleaning company lose the contract?

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, we can demand that the new company  honour our jobs and the union contract with the improvements we have gained.

How much are Union dues?

Union dues are the way by which we pool our resources in order to  stand-up for better working conditions and wage improvements. SEIU Union dues are 1.8% of our gross earnings.
We do not pay any Union dues until the majority of us approve a first contract.


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