I got full-time hours after the union negotiated a contract for us. I’ve learned there are lots of advantages to being a union member.
Today I receive dental, medical, and prescriptions covered for myself and my husband because of UFCW 1518.
A union brings accountability to the workplace. No more improvisational disciplinary proceedings. Now we expect fairness.
Management will know if I signed a union card.
Management will never know who signed cards – the process is 100% confidential. We will never tolerate retaliation against workers who are in favour of unionizing.
Union dues are expensive.
Union dues are no more than 2% of your wages and are 100% tax-deductible. You won’t pay one cent until you vote in your first collective agreement. No benefits, no dues.
I won’t be able to speak directly with management if we join a union.
This is not true. The union only steps in when a worker requests help. Union workers have a stronger voice and more respect, ensuring that their concerns are heard.
Unions just protect lazy workers .
There are no union contracts requiring an employer to keep lazy or incompetent workers. We protect workers against unjust dismissals and arbitrary discipline.
If we join the union, I’ll lose the benefits that I have now.
The union will always fight to keep what you have and add the things that you care about. You will be able to negotiate for more!
Joining a union will make our work schedules less flexible.
Scheduling does not have to change if you don’t want it to. We can help negotiate a flexible schedule into a legally binding contract that will not change with new management or owners.
If we unionize, we will go on strike .
Strikes are very rare. You have control over strikes through a vote – a majority of your co-workers must be in favour to launch a strike. If that happens, we will provide you with strike pay.
The company will shut down if we unionize and I’ll lose my job.
It is illegal to close a workplace because the employees decide to join a union. No successful business will shut down because the workers decide to organize.