FAQ’s

Why is Management opposed to Unions?
Without a Union, management has all the power and is able to make every decision on their own, without input from workers. With a union, workers have a united voice and are able to participate in the decisions that affect wages, benefits and working conditions. When workers are part of a union, management has to share power and decision-making, and this can often be hard for management to accept.

Workers have learned that if they stay united and do not let management’s scare tactics distract them, then they will be successful in forming their union and winning job improvements.

If you have a union, you have a voice in the decisions that affect you, your job, and your family. Your employer may try to tell you that unions cause everything from bad weather to economic destruction. But the truth is that labor unions are a vital part of any democracy. Over 4 million Canadians belong to a union, and is the only way many working people can exercise any control over their work life.

“What is a Union?”
A union is an organization made up of working individuals who have joined forces for the purpose of maintaining, improving, and protecting the interests of workers.

“What are the benefits of joining a Union?”
The job of your union is to negotiate on your behalf for better wages and benefits through a legal and binding contract, then to enforce that contract and represent you when you encounter day-to-day problems with your employer. By joining together as a union, you and your co-workers have the collective strength to make sure you get decent contracts and fair treatment on the job. Your right to join or form a union is guaranteed by law under the Labour Relations Act.

“Who runs the Union?”
The truth is that YOU and your co-workers are the union – you elect your own workplace representatives and decide what you want your union to do by a democratic process.

“How do I join the IAM Union ?”
The process of organizing can be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. It’s important to remember that it is your LEGAL RIGHT to join a union. The IAM Union Organizing Department can help you take the first step in becoming a union member. We have an experienced and motivated staff to lead you through your campaign. Click the “Join” tab at the top of the screen and fill out the form to get started.

Can I be Fired or Disciplined for Joining a Union?
No. People join unions to get more job security. Every worker as the right to join a union. The law is on your side. Without a union, you are only covered by the Employment Standards Act – the bare minimum. When you begin the process of forming a union you become protected by the much stronger Labour Relations Act – the law that protects Union members. You cannot be fired for joining a Union.

Will Management Find Out?
Only if you tell them. Joining a Union is 100% confidential. Neither the IAM nor the Labour Board will ever tell your employer if you have signed a membership card.

How does the Union Work?
The IAM is a democratic organization run by its members.
You elect your workplace representatives.
You vote on issues of importance to you.
You vote on your contract.

Could We Make Less Money After Joining a Union because of Dues?
No. It doesn’t cost you anything to find out what becoming a member of the IAM can do for you. There will be no dues until the IAM negotiates a contract that is acceptable to you and your co-workers, and you have voted to accept it by secret ballot. This means as soon as you and your co-workers vote to join the union, the negotiations process will begin; you pay nothing until the IAM delivers a contract that you and your co-workers feel is a significant improvement over what you have now. Unlike other unions, the IAM doesn’t charge any initiation fees to workers forming a union. And because the IAM is a democratic, not-for-profit organization, any dues you pay are 100% tax deductible.

What is a Union Contract?
Without a contract, your employer can change policies and conditions of work whenever they feel like it. A negotiated Union contract protects the terms and conditions of your employment. Your rights under a Union contract cannot be altered at your employer’s whim. It is enforceable by representatives who work on your behalf with a grievance and arbitration procedure. It’s a contract! And it has teeth!

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