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Role of a Union Representative

A union representative’s role in many situations will depend on the language of the collective agreement. That said, employees will always have the right to get advice from the union about their rights and be represented by the union in the grievance process.   Why is the union representative important? A union representative or shop [...]

By |2023-05-26T15:54:19-07:00November 25th, 2022|Labour Relations|

Looking to unionize your workplace in BC? It just got easier!

Employees north and south of the Canadian border are making news by unionizing their workplaces. Amazon and Starbucks are just two examples of powerful, multinational corporate employers now facing a more level playing field when negotiating the wages and working conditions of many of their workers. Workers who are unionized have better wages, working conditions, [...]

By |2023-05-26T16:47:45-07:00August 1st, 2022|Labour Relations|

5 Reasons Why Your Workplace Needs to Unionize

Why Your Workplace Needs to Unionize In a non-unionized workplace, the terms and conditions of the employee’s employment are governed through oral or written employment contract between the employee and the employer, and employment standards legislation. In a unionized workplace, however, a trade union that has been chosen by the majority of the employees will [...]

By |2023-05-31T14:49:51-07:00May 28th, 2020|Labour Relations|

What Can I do if I am Being Bullied and Harassed at Work?

What Can I do if I am Being Bullied and Harassed at Work? Under the BC Workers Compensation Act, regulations, and policy, it is the obligation of everyone in the workplace, i.e., the employer, supervisors, and employees, to take all reasonable steps to prevent bullying and harassment from taking place. However, not every unpleasant interaction [...]

By |2023-05-31T14:53:02-07:00February 20th, 2020|Discrimination at Work, Human Rights Law|

Have I been constructively dismissed?

Have I been constructively dismissed? In a previous blog, we discussed what options an employee has available to them if they are being harassed and bullied at work. One of the options we outlined there was for the employee to resign from their employment on the basis that they have been constructively dismissed. What does it [...]

By |2023-05-31T14:54:05-07:00February 20th, 2020|Loss of a Job, Wrongful Dismissal|

Introduction to Labour Relations Process

The labour relations process that produces a union-management relationship consists of three phases: union organizing, negotiating a collective agreement, and administering or enforcing the collective agreement. Phase One of Labour Relations Process: Union Organizing In phase one of the labour relations process, a non-union employer becomes unionized through an organizing campaign. The campaign starts either [...]

By |2023-05-31T14:58:09-07:00November 29th, 2019|Labour Relations|