Unions stand up against human rights violations and have continued throughout the labour movement to be instrumental in fighting for workers' right and set the standards for education, skill levels, wages, working conditions, and quality of life for workers across the world.

Unions provide a voice for groups that are often most vulnerable, providing wage equality and promoting harassment free workplaces. 

When unions stand up for fairness, they raise the bar for everyone. Many of the things first won by unions are enjoyed by all workers today – minimum wages, overtime pay, workplace safety standards, maternity and parental leave, vacation pay, and protection from discrimination and harassment.


HEALTHCARE AND PENSION – There's healthcare and a pension – 82% of union construction workers have health insurance, compared to only 46% of non-union construction workers and 77% of union construction workers have a pension plan, compared to only 35% of non-union construction workers.

EQUALITY - Collective Agreements ensure equal wages and working conditions for all workers, no matter what sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Infact, on average, unionized workers across Canada earned $5.28/hour more than non-union workers. Women with unions earned more too ($7.10/hour) and got paid more fairly. Workers under age 25 earned an extra 27% from jobs covered by a collective agreement.

Resource: Canadian Labour Congress


In every Province Union workers continually earn more than their non-union counterparts, because their unions negotiated fair wages and work hours.

British Columbia
$103 million more every week! Union workers in B.C. earned, on average, $5.39/hour more.

Over $65 million more every week! Union workers in Alberta earned, on average, $4.88/hour more.

Almost $28.8 million more every week! Union workers earned, on average, $5.48/hour more.

$40.5 million more every week! Union workers earned, on average, $5.79/hour more.

Northwest Territories
$3.4 million more every week! Union workers earned, on average, $10.55/hour more.

Over $2 million more every week! Union workers earned, on average, $8.31/hour more.

Resource: Canadian Labour Congress


Coronavirus Preparation and Response Fact Sheet - Updated March 20, 2020

The Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America has developed a fact sheet in response to several questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CLICK here for the Coronavirus FACT SHEET. Last updated March 20, 2020

Coronavirus & COVID-19: Preparation and Response

First known as the novel coronavirus, the virus now referred to as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the number of cases in the U.S. and Canada continues to rise. It’s now critical that everyone does their part to limit the spread of the virus, as people without symptoms or with mild symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Risk in the U.S. and Canada

Current risk of contracting COVID-19 in the U.S. and Canada varies by community based on the extent of the outbreak and the success of mitigation efforts. About half the people diagnosed with COVID-19 have already recovered. It’s estimated over 80 percent of those infected will experience only mild symptoms.

However, even people at low risk for serious health complications should take steps to protect groups who would be at higher risk if they got the virus.

Risk for more serious health effects is highest among:

Older adults (age 60 and up)
People with underlying health conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer)
People with weakened immune systems
The majority of deaths caused by COVID-19 have occurred among people falling into at least one of these higher risk categories.

Transmission & Diagnosis

Transmission: spread primarily through airborne respiratory droplets during coughing and sneezing, but can also be spread through regular breathing. Being in close proximity (less than six feet) to an infected person, especially in enclosed spaces, can result in transmission. Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object with the virus on it, followed by touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands can spread the virus.

Diagnosis: If you suspect you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. A lab test may be performed and sent to the CDC.