Video why you want to join a
Union dues afford you a high level of protection against
employers who lack vision, the highs and lows of an uncertain
economy and the caprices of market globalisation. This small
investment provides considerable dividends to members of the
I.A.M. and their families.
The role of the I.A.M. is to help
workers, both men and women, in order that they shall receive
a fair salary, good benefits, better working conditions and
also a safe workplace, remarked I.A.M. General
Secretary-Treasurer Donald E. Wharton. He added that
solidarity was the key to obtaining these goals.
I.A.M. at your service!
of the I.A.M., work in diverse industries, from aircraft
manufacturing to wood-working shops, but all I.A.M. members
belong to an organisation which works to guarantee them the
right to voice their opinions in their workplaces. Solid
Collective Labour Agreements, and growing success in
recruitment has added strength to the voice of the I.A.M. over
the last two years. Your Union dues dollars help to nurture
these successes, explained Wharton. We have an inflexible
engagement to offer a quality service to our members, and this
is why I.A.M. members covered by a Collective Agreement earn
an average salary of $17.34 an hour. This represents 32% more
than the average salary of non-unionised workers. And the
total of salaries and benefits paid to I.A.M. members is even
higher, added Wharton. The total income of I.A.M. workers,
including all the benefits, climbs to a rate of $28.26 an hour.
This represents roughly 40% more than non-union workers
receive, and is above the average of unionised workers in
general said Wharton.
Belonging to a Union gives dividends
in many ways. Unionised workers benefit from a secure and safe
workplace, better job protection, and seniority rights,
grievance and arbitration rights are included in our
Collective Agreements, which gives us a higher level of job
satisfaction. This proves the veracity of what the old-timers
say : it costs very little, and it is certainly worth it said
I.A.M. Union dues work for you
up, a question of dignity and respect
Joining a Union is a fundamental right
in Quebec, assured by article 3 of the Labour Code. It is a
right that is worth exercising for several reasons :
to assure better job security
improve your working conditions: salary, special holidays,
negotiate insurance and retirement plans
make the work safer
to defend oneself against injustices
fact, joining up is to regroup, unite our efforts and our
voice in order to be respected, and to negotiate as peer to
peer with the employer. It puts an end to favouritism and
arbitrariness. Joining a Union means improving ones quality of
life at many levels.
a Union pays
average salary of a full time non-union job was $12.53, that
of a unionised job is $17.38, for a difference of 38.7%. In
jobs held by women, the difference rises to 47.6%, even then,
it was 30% for men.
21 of the Labour Code says that a majority of 50% +1 of the
workers must be in favour of a Union in order to obtain an
accreditation, in the majority of cases.
we be threatened or intimidated for wanting to Unionise?
to Articles 13 and 14 of the Labour Code, it is forbidden for
the employer to use intimidation, threats or reprisals against
an employee, for Union activities.
is kept secret.
36 provides that a workers membership in a Union remains
Conditions to become a member.
sign a duly dated membership application.
personally pay a sum of $2.00.
be a worker in the concerned Bargaining Unit.
of working conditions
from the date of the deposit of the request for accreditation,
working conditions must be maintained by the employer
according to article 59 of the Code.
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