There are many benefits of joining a labour union such as fair compensation, job security, constant support, and so much more. But while we can all agree that unions benefit workers greatly, the actual process of unionizing isn’t always easy. Successfully organizing your workplace requires one crucial thing that can be challenging to get – a majority. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for a union election and tactics to securing the majority vote.
Know the issues
Having a deep understanding of the current workplace issues faced by your coworkers is essential for getting votes. Be sure to sit down with as many people as you can and get to know their unique challenges. Listen carefully, and don’t assume you know what issues people are experiencing. The better you understand the current workplace challenges, the more effectively you’ll be able to communicate the benefits of unionizing to your coworkers.
Know the benefits
It’s not enough to just know the general benefits of unionizing. It’s important to gain an intimate understanding of how a union can address the specific workplace issues your coworkers are experiencing. This will help you develop specific messaging that really resonates with your coworkers.
Be prepared for anti-union campaigns
Employers may try to discourage employees from voting in favour of unionizing. While we always hope this won’t be the case, we’ve seen it happen on many occasions. Legally, employers are not allowed to bully an employee (“by intimidation, dismissal, threat of dismissal or any other kind of threat”) into not joining a union. They can, however, make the process difficult by spreading anti-union messages. When it comes to fighting against these tactics, preparation is key.
Securing the majority vote isn’t always easy. The process often requires a lot of planning and strategizing, but the union drive is crucial to moving the process forward.
If you’re organizing your workplace, remember that you’re not alone. Our representatives are here to help you every step of the way. We’ve been through this process time and time again, and we know what strategies work when it comes to getting that majority vote. We’ll give you tips for talking to coworkers, strategies for dealing with misinformation, and practical support at every stage in your unionizing journey.
Ready to organize your workplace? Get in touch with us to begin the process.