Joining MoveUP FAQs

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  1. Can I be fired or disciplined for joining a union?
  2. Will management find out I contacted you?
  3. How does MoveUP work?
  4. Won't unionizing make my workplace less productive?
  5. Will the union force us to have things we don't want in our contract?
  6. What kind of union dues would I pay?
  7. Can my employer close down if we unionize?
  8. Will the union force me to go on strike?
  9. What do I do when it's time to join a union?
  10. What do new employees put in their contracts? What are some clauses you've helped new units negotiate?

 

1. Can I be fired or disciplined for joining a union?

No. When you start the process of joining a union, your job is protected. People join unions to get more job security. Every worker in BC has the right to join a union and you cannot be fired for doing so. The law is on your side.

When you begin the process of forming a union you become protected by the BC Labour Code – the law that governs union members in BC. Under the Labour Code you can only be fired for just cause - only if they can provide a valid reason.

During a unionizing drive, employers would be required to prove to the labour board the reason why someone is let go in order to ensure they do not try to fire people simply for supporting the union.

2. Will management find out I contacted you?

No. Joining a union is 100% confidential. Neither MoveUP nor the Labour Board will ever tell your employer you signed a card to join the union.

3. How does MoveUP work?

COPE members run our union. We operate under a democratic structure, with all union officers elected by the members in their workplace. The MoveUP President, Executive Board and Council members stand for election every three years. Job stewards are also elected from their work areas. For more information on the structure of MoveUP, click here.

4. Won't unionizing make my workplace less productive?

No. One of the reasons people join unions is because it gives them a say in how their workplace runs. MoveUP workers set industry standards for productivity at workplaces such as BC Hydro, Canadian Freightways, and credit unions. You will help us negotiate a first agreement that will work best for you and your coworkers’ unique situation. For example, when the workers at Yellow Pages Group joined MoveUP, they wanted to maintain commission sales structures in order to encourage performance. Their first agreement reflected that, but also made sure their overall working structures were more fair.

5. Will the union force us to have things we don't want in our contract?

No. We know you are the best judges of what improvements you need in your workplace. When contract negotiations begin employees will be surveyed as to their priorities, and you will select co-workers to represent you in negotiations along with a staff representative from MoveUP. When your bargaining committee makes a recommendation to accept a contract they feel improves your working conditions, you and your co-workers vote by secret ballot on whether to accept or reject it.

6. What kind of union dues would I pay?

MoveUP’s dues are 1.5 % of your gross pay. Our dues are lower than many other unions.

And it doesn’t cost you anything to find out what becoming a member of MoveUP can do for you.

There will be no dues collected until MoveUP and your bargaining committee negotiate a contract with your employer that is acceptable to you and your co-workers, and you have voted on it by secret ballot.

This means as soon as you and your co-workers vote to join the union, negotiations will begin. You pay nothing until MoveUP delivers a contract that you and your co-workers feel is a significant improvement over what you have now.

And because MoveUP is a democratic, not-for-profit organization, any dues you pay are 100% tax deductible.

7. Can my employer close down if we unionize?

No. It is illegal for an employer to close down simply because a group of employees decide to join a union.

8. Will the union force me to go on strike?

No. You and your co-workers are the only ones who have the power to decide if you go on strike as part of collective bargaining. Before that happens you and your co-workers have to vote by secret ballot on whether you think strike action is necessary. MoveUP negotiates several collective agreements each year and very few of our negotiations have involved full strike action.

9. What do I do when it's time to join a union?

Call or the union office at 604-299-0378 or fill out our confidential online contact form. An organizer will get in touch with you and discuss your situation in confidentiality.

10. What do new union employees put in their contracts? What are some clauses you've helped new units negotiate?

What the union proposes will go in your first collective agreement is based on priorities you and your co-workers determine. Some examples of common contract clauses MoveUP has bargained for:

  • Fair wage rates
  • Improvements to benefits (pension, dental, extended health, group life, etc.)
  • Job security
  • Job opportunities
  • Fair overtime pay and procedures
  • Flex time
  • Improvements to vacation allocations and procedures
  • Sick leave with pay
  • Protection from workplace harassment
  • Protection against unjust discipline or firing without just cause
  • Seniority rights (layoff and recall procedures)
  • Enforcement of safety regulations on the job
  • Grievance procedures if your employer violates your contract
  • Improvements to special leaves of absence such as for elder/child care, parental leave, or bereavement leave.
     
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