FAQ

Can a Union do anything about my bonus and pay issues?

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YES! Despite what the “Millionaire” Boss says. The truth is that if we win our union with the USW, it is fully within our rights to bargain for bonus language in our agreement.  In fact, there are other mines across Canada where the USW has won real bonus protections for its members in the mining sector.

Can the Union do anything about unfair Drug and Alcohol testing at Work?

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YES! The USW has successfully challenged and won unlawful drug alcohol testing cases in the workplace. YOU HAVE RIGHTS! Being an employer does not give them the right to violate YOURS.

My Boss has been garnishing my bonus for lost or broken equipment. Can having a Union help me recover those lost wages?

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YES! Having your Union in your corner means that you have the legal backup to stop and recover any illegal garnishing of wages from your employer without fear of retaliation.

Can the Union do anything about unfair warnings, disciplines and unpaid suspensions?

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YES! Every USW contract must include a legal grievance procedure and that means you have representation when it comes to receiving any kind of penalty. NO MORE ONE SIDED INVESTIGATIONS!

With a Union, employers must prove they have just cause to impose a penalty. In many cases disciplines and suspensions are overturned because of improper, one sided investigations by employers. The fact is, without a Union employees are essentially on probation for life. You have no recourse or back-Up.

There’s a rumour that if the Union comes in the Mine will close. Is that true?

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NO! Mines and Companies close for economic reasons or mismanagement. Often management likes to keep this myth alive, however it is illegal for a company to close or threaten to close because workers have exercised their legal right to form a Union.

Will anyone know if I signed a Union card?

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NO! Your Union membership is strictly confidential. You never have to tell anyone you are a member unless YOU decide you want to. The Labour Relations Board, by law, keeps your membership strictly confidential. Management will never see union membership cards and never know who did or did not sign a card.

If the Union comes in do we have to go on strike?

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NO! Unions negotiate agreements – not strikes. Interestingly enough, 97% of collective agreements in Canada are negotiated without a strike. In fact, more working days are lost each year to preventable workplace accidents and injuries.