Average hourly wage for a full-time, non-unionized worker in Alberta: $27.04
Average hourly wage for a full-time, unionized worker in Alberta: $31.92
Total union advantage for the Alberta economy: $65 million per week
Average part-time, non-union wage in Canada: $10.60/hr vs. $17.31 for unionized
Working with a union earned Aboriginal workers an average of $8.47 per hour more than their non-union counterparts.
Have something to say about how you or your peers are treated at work? Being part of a union means that complaints and grievances cannot be ignored like they can in non-unionized environments. Unions hold management accountable for their actions, so members with workplace issues can expect to see results, not reprimands.
While there is a basic standard that all employers, unionized or not, must follow, not all workers’ rights are protected by the government. Unfortunately, many workers are unaware of even these basic rights and end up being mistreated. One major right that is afforded to everyone in Canada regardless of industry is the right to organize your workplace; to assemble, participate in and be protected by a labour union. There are several important steps to follow when considering forming a bargaining unit in your workplace (link to Join a Union page), but the first step is knowing you are legally entitled to be part of a union, no matter who you are.