Can I get fired for talking to a union organizer or attending a meeting?
In Canada, you have a legal right to join a union and employers are prohibited from discriminating against you for doing so. Under the B.C. Labour Code, your employer is not allowed to take any punitive action against you for being or becoming a union member or encouraging others to join.
If I sign a union card, will my employer find out?
No. Your membership in the union is kept confidential by both the union and the Labour Relations Board so you can sign an HSA union card without your employer finding out.
If we join the union, won't we have to go on strike?
No one will go on strike unless a majority of the union members vote to authorize a strike. In other words, it's in your hands. Often, just the threat of a strike is enough to resolve the outstanding differences between the employer and union bargaining committees. A strike only occurs as a last resort in the collective bargaining process and again, can only happen if the majority of union members at your place support it.
If I join the union, will I lose my profit-share and bonuses?
Not necessarily. There are many collective agreements that contain profit-sharing and bonuses. If you become members of HSA, the union's position would be that your terms and conditions of employment should remain the same or improve.
If we join HSA, will we be covered by the same contract as HSA members in the hospital?
If your agency or organization gets certified, you would have your own collective agreement that addresses the specific issues at your workplace.
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