How Does It Work?
Ten monthly meetings are held at the Local office the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings are not generally held during the months of July and August and there is one meeting held in North Battleford (usually April) and one in Prince Albert (usually October).
The meetings are chaired by the president of the local with reports being given by various committees as well as the treasurer. Discussions and decisions are made during the meeting regarding attendance to conferences, training sessions and charitable donations.
Advantages of Unionization
Having a collective agreement with your employer means your rights as an employee, working conditions and compensation are spelled out clearly and are enforceable.
The benefits that we take for granted today are as a result of the union negotiating with the company. Benefits such as wages, sick days, health benefits, earned days off, fairness in job appointments, vacation and pensions are all a result of the Union negotiations. Continued negotiations are required with every Collective Agreement renewal to maintain and improve those standards.
Unions work politically for the passage and implementation of laws, standards, and regulations designed to improve working conditions and worker health. Issues such as maternity leave, paternity leave, equal pay provisions and length of year vacations have been influences by union lobbying.
A union in the workplace provides a voice for employees. It is an organization that empowers people by bringing people with common goals together. When people work together they are more powerful than as one.