WHY CHOOSE THE IBEW
AS YOUR UNION?
The IBEW has been a proud part of the
Canadian labour movement for over 115
years. Within Canada, we have some
58,000 members in over 91 Local
Unions. We have built our union on our
commitment to organize and represent
workers, our membership and longevity is
proof of that commitment.
The IBEW represents workers in many
different industries such as
Utilities, Construction, Motor Shops, Sign
Shops, CATV, Radio and Television, Sound
and Alarms systems, Railroads,
Shipyards, Pulp and Paper Mills, Mining,
Tree Trimming, Health Care and
Joining the IBEW is a choice that will help you
fulfill your needs in the workplace. Our union
has the resources, and trained staff to do the
job of representing workers in negotiations,
safety, grievances, arbitrations, workers
compensation, labour legislation, etc.
Contact us at:
First District Canada
1450 Meyerside Drive, Suite 300
Tel. (905) 564-5441
Fax (905) 564-8114
DO YOU NEED A UNION?
You will spend a good portion of your adult
life working and, other than your health and
family, your job should probably be the most
important concern you have.
You have a right to a degree of job
satisfaction in your career and a right to a
decent wage and working conditions.
If those arent there, or if you would like to
protect the wages and conditions you currently
enjoy its time to consider your options.
A UNION IS AN OPTION!
The most recent Statistics Canada report
shows that, on average of all working
Canadians, unionized workers make 27% more
than non-union workers. 27% is a lot to pay to
not belong to a union.
Of course, thats not to say that becoming
unionized will increase your wages by 27%. It
does, however, tell you that by doing nothing,
you are likely to remain at the pleasure of
your employer for wage and benefit
How well any unionized workers do in
negotiations is subject to many factors but
the most important one is the
determination of the workers to receive fair
compensation for the services they provide.
HOW DOES THE
The employees at any workplace, under
the law, have a right to determine if they
want to have a union represent them.
That is their choice; not the employer or
the union or anyone else.
The process of each labour board in
Canada varies, but generally, if a majority of
the workers decide to be represented by a
union, the Labour Board will certify them. In
most jurisdictions, the employees will have
a secret ballot vote on the issue. The IBEW
organizer or staff member will provide you
with further information on the procedure
for your workplace.
Once the Board certifies you, the
employees participate in developing their
contract proposals with the union
negotiator. The employees must approve
the proposals and vote on their contract.
Finally, when you approve your agreement,
you have equal say in all issues that
affect you at work through a legal
trade unions and
association and free
Preamble - Canada Labour Code