A good employer will respect your right to make an informed decision about whether joining CUPE is the right choice for you and your colleagues. However, it’s not unusual for employers to be afraid that you will join the Union so they resort to using union busting companies or the tactics promoted by those companies. These tactics typically take one of two directions. Either they take the ‘sweet talking’ direction or they choose to ‘exploit fear of the unknown’.
It’s not unusual for your employer to all of a sudden be very concerned about your financial well being and warn you about the high cost of union dues but be sure their concern really about loosing absolute control over you and your workplace.
Workers in Ontario have the right to join a union and that right is protected by the Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA). The OLRA alows employers the right to have an opinion on having a union in the workplace but they cannot use coersion, intimidation, threats, promises or undue influence. Be prepared for your employer to call special meetings to talk about the union’s organizing drive, to send out letters or emails stating their position and the ‘cons’ to joining a unionor speak to you one on one.
Nonsense your employer might say about the union
|What you might hear from management||Why it is ridiculous|
|The Union is an outsider||You are “the union”|
|You’ll lose your ability to talk to your supervisor||Your rep is there only when you ask for them|
|We know who signed up||By law, who signed is confidential.|
|If employees join a union there will be layoffs||Being unionized does not affect the company this way|
|You’ll pay thousands of dollars in union dues||Total dues are 1.5% of wages & tax deductable|
|A union isn’t necessary we have an open door policy||Fairness is ensured through a contract with a union|
|Unions cannot improve working conditions||Unions bring democracy to changes to working conditions.|
|If you don’t unionize we’ll increase wages||Wages are just a small part of what unionization brings.|
|We’ve made mistakes, but…||Unions make sure mistakes are avoided and/or fixed fairly.|
|Unions only want your $||Unions are non-profit.|