WHAT DO YOU UNIONS DO?

THE UNION ADVANTAGE...

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.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CANADIANS

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

ACROSS CANADA UNIONS WORKERS EARN MORE

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.

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

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

Manitoba
$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.

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

Resource: Canadian Labour Congress

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