FAQ and Myths



What are union dues and why do I pay them? 

  • Union dues are paid by all members and pooled to ensure that compensation, safety, representation, working conditions, and well-being are protected for all. 
  • There are 2 types of dues: monthly and working dues. Monthly dues are currently $42/month, and working dues are 1.5% of your gross earnings.  
  • Both types of dues are tax deductible. 

Is it hard to form a union at work? 

  • It may initially seem intimidating, but it can be a straightforward process. Once you and enough coworkers sign petition cards, the Labour Board will have a hearing, and you will vote. Check out the Organizing tab for more info. 

Will I lose my job if I try to organize? 

  • It is illegal to fire, threaten or intimidate employees trying to form a Union.  

Can I talk about unionizing with my coworkers? 

  • Yes, you can. Your managers or bosses cannot stop you from discussing unions at your workplace, but you cannot let union talk or card signing impede your work or productivity. Engaging in union talk during breaks or non-work hours is usually best.  

Will my employer know I signed a petition or union card? 

  • No. Card signings are protected by confidentiality. Your employer will not know who signed the cards, and it is illegal for them to ask.  

Will I have to go on strike? 

  • Strikes are a last resort for unions. You will never be forced to go on strike. Members must vote for a strike to happen.  

My company already treats me well. Why would I be interested in organizing? 

  • Changes happen frequently within companies, or they are bought out. Unions ensure that your rights are protected no matter what happens or who is in charge.  



Myth: “Non-union wages are higher.” 

While we often see the base rate for non-unionized technicians higher, their overall compensation package is lower. Once you take things like pension, employer-paid benefits, vacation pay, properly paid overtime/double-time, and various shift premiums into account, there’s no competition.  

Myth: “Union workers are lazy.” 

There is no difference between non-union and union workers when it comes to jobs. The only distinction is that, with the power of collective bargaining, union workers enjoy more stability and don’t have to worry about their employer changing the terms of their employment.   

Myth: “Being in a union means you can’t get fired.” 

Being a union member does not mean you will be immune to disciplinary actions. We have a Standard for Excellence outlining what is expected of employees and employers. It is up to individual companies to decide on appropriate actions. The union can, however, help protect against unlawful dismissals.  

Myth: “You’ll never even see that pension.” 

Pension contributions are part of our wage package and not bound to one employer. Your pension is tied to your SIN and cannot be taken from you. The size of our fund means fewer fees and larger average returns for you.  

Myth: “You don’t need the union, we’re your family.” 

Companies commonly use it to appeal to your emotions. Remember, you are an employee and settling for less based on an emotional connection should not be an option. A family wants what is best for you, not what’s best for them.  

Myth: “Unions have outlived their usefulness.” 

With the cost of living rising and the growing influence of corporate interests, unions could be more useful than ever. Big business wants to stagnate wages and eliminate benefits and pensions. A united workforce with a large market share can better dictate the terms that are favorable to us as workers. We continue to fight for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.  

Myth: “Unions change the relationship with your manager or bosses.” 

Unionization often strengthens the relationships between managers and employees. Individuals often feel less intimidated and more willing to voice concerns and have them addressed by their employer with additional support.