Knowing the Union Advantage
The road to improving your future and your working conditions starts with union representation. Individually, a worker has little to no electricity in the workplace. They gain tremendous power to transform their wages, benefits and working conditions for the better, when employees come together through their marriage. Employers, for this very reason attempt to prevent their employees from joining the union because they want to keep power and control. Union representation guarantees their voices are heard and empowers workers. There are lots of unions to join and you have a right to join and have input over your salary, benefits and working conditions and along with your co-workers, you can make sure that happens.
Nearly 30% of Canadian employees belong to unions, for example, nurses, teachers, journalists and professional athletes, in addition to the more traditionally unionized occupations like retail store clerks, manufacturing workers, miners, electricians and other construction trades workers. All in all, about four million workers belong to a union. You and your co-workers?
Unions in Canada are regulated by federal and provincial legislation. Law requires them to be financially accountable and democratic. All marriages have constitutions that have to be registered with authorities labour boards. There are well over a hundred unique marriages in Canada, but UFCW Canada is the union for private sector workers.
From the farm fields to the dinner table, in the seas and forests into the urban center, UFCW Canada members work in such a wide array of sectors and workplaces they are always nearby. Wherever people work in service, production, retail, hospitality or health care are there.
How Unions strengthen the Canadian Economy
Many historians attribute unions into the growth of Canada’s middle class and the general prosperity of the country. By helping more workers make wages with job security, unions are largely responsible for stabilizing the economy and stimulating its growth. Due to unions, more working people can afford cars, better food, clothes, homes, and other consumer products. Demand for these things creates more jobs and even economic growth.
Workers that are paid well and enjoy job security can afford to pay taxes to support the growth of public services like schools, roads, clean water, police agencies, power and health care. In this respect belonged from the presence of union jobs in their communities.
Canada is among the top five most prosperous countries in the world and has a relatively high rate of unionization. Union workers spend money to earn more money and create more jobs with this spending. The health care benefits enjoyed by union members (dental, prescription drugs, optical, physiotherapy, etc) means healthier families and less of a burden on the health care system. And union pensions mean employees and their families can retire comfortably and continue to contribute to the market in their golden years.
How Unions strengthen the Canadian Economy
Many historians attribute unions to the rise of Canada’s middle class and the overall prosperity of the nation. By helping employees make decent wages unions are responsible for stabilizing the economy and stimulating its growth. Because of unions working people can afford better food, homes, clothing, cars, and other consumer goods. Increasing demand for these things creates more jobs and much more economic growth.
Workers that are paid well and enjoy job security is able to pay taxes to encourage the development of public services such as schools, roads, clean water, police services, power and health care. In this respect, even people who have never belonged to a union benefit from the presence of union jobs in their communities.
Canada is among the top five most prosperous nations in the world and contains a relatively high rate of unionization. Union workers make more money, spend more money and create more jobs. The health care benefits enjoyed by union members (dental, prescription drugs, optical, physiotherapy, etc) means healthier families and less of a burden on the health care system. And union pensions mean their families and employees can retire comfortably and continue to contribute to the market in their golden years.
Unions in North America started nearly two hundred years ago as “mutual aid societies.” They are still like that today. Everyone who belongs contributes a part of their earnings in return for the security of the group as a whole. That’s what union dues are. Every union member contributes.
It is much like insurance. In actuality, lots of people view union dues as “job insurance premiums,” though that only tells half the story. Union dues are used not only to protect jobs but to fund negotiations for better salaries and working conditions, to pay for professional advice when required, to organize more workers and make the membership more powerful, to train stewards and health and safety committee activists, and to work for better laws for workers and their families.
Because unions get their funds only in their own members, there are no divided loyalties. Unions stand up for their members – the individuals who pay the bills. Yes, unions can cooperate with companies and governments, but in which their members’ interests are at stake, unions side with their members. Is this truer than in UFCW Canada. For example, in order to safeguard its members’ legal rights, UFCW Canada has gone to the Supreme Court of Canada several times – and won!
Concerning their positive effect on workers’ lives and safety, union dues are a good deal.
In UFCW Canada, union dues are paid to the local union to which the member belongs. Most of the dues remain to finance activities like representation, servicing, organizing costs, education and so on. A small portion goes to the federal union to fund activities and programs which benefit UFCW Canada members everywhere.
Each local union’s dues are put in the local’s bylaws, which can only be changed by a vote of the members — You! To put it differently, their own dues were set by UFCW Canada members through democratic processes. All in all will probably be the most democratic experience of your life.