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How Can Alberta Labour Unions Help Part-Time Employees?

If you’re having trouble finding a full-time job or balancing work with your home life, working part-time could be a good option for you.  Unfortunately, part-time workers are not adequately protected by provincial or federal labour laws, compared to those who work full-time. Teamsters 987 can support and help you with some of the biggest issues part-time employees face in their workplace.

Little to no seniority

Seniority is defined as the length of time an individual has served in a job or worked at their organization. Seniority is a way to recognize employees who have been with a company for a long time. It ensures that these employees are considered for promotions or full-time positions before newer employees. Unfortunately, many workplaces do not give part-time workers the same benefits of seniority compared to full-time employees.

One of Teamsters 987 mission’s is to establish fair treatment for all in the workplace, regardless of if you are a full-time or part-time employee. We believe that your hard work and dedication should be recognized, and we will fight alongside you to make that happen.

Inconsistent hours

Many employers do not offer consistent hours to their part-time employees. Current labour laws in Alberta allow employers to change the hours of part-time employees with little or no notice. In many cases, employers take advantage of that. A part-time employee can go from working 30 hours one week to 7 hours the next week, and they are often pressured into working overtime when required.

A labour union can help improve working conditions and schedules, for both full-time and part-time employees. As your union, we can negotiate with your employer to reach an agreement that provides more consistent hours for you.

Lower wages

This varies based on the industry you work in, but on average, part-time workers earn a significantly lower hourly wage compared to full-time workers. If you’re wondering how to join a union or are considering forming one in your workplace, the time is now.

Our collective bargaining agreements are designed to protect and benefit you. We can negotiate ongoing raises that require your employer to increase your wage regardless of your hours or the current economic times, even if you are a part-time employee.

How is Teamsters 987 helping part-time workers?

Teamsters 987 ensures employers don’t get away with unfair treatment of their employees. All workers have rights, including those who work part-time. We’re here to help your employer understand that. If you have any questions about your rights as a part-time employee, contact us today. It’s confidential.

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