Without a Union, You’re on Your Own.
Without a union contract (collective agreement), employees are at the mercy of company policies–policies that can be changed any time without any warning. Employees can be fired at any time and without reason, except for discrimination, whistle-blowing, or trying to start a union. Without a union, employees are left to resolve issues and negotiate with their employer alone.
A collective agreement gives unionized workers legally binding guarantees covering wages, benefits, rights, and protections that aren’t available to other workers. And with IBEW Local 37, members work together to support each other, improve working conditions through negotiations, and ensure everyone is treated with respect and dignity in a safe work environment where wages are better and jobs are more secure.
The table below clearly shows the key advantages of belonging to a union. If you’re interested in learning more about joining IBEW Local 37 and what it takes to organize a union at your workplace, please click here or call our office at 506-455-0037.
|A Voice on the Job||Only union members enjoy the legal right and power to have a say on the job.||Management has exclusive control and decision-making power.|
|Wages||Pay rates are negotiated to ensure fairness for everyone and protected in the union contract. Seniority is recognized.||Management alone decides what's fair pay and can base any raises on business needs, favoritism or anything else.|
|Benefits||Protected by the contract. Changes can only be made with employee approval.||Can be taken away or changed at any time.|
|Promotions & Hiring Practices||Awarded fairly according to the process agreed to in the union contract.||It's up to management.|
|Unfair Treatment & Job Protection||Employees have a protected way to challenge any unfair or questionable treatment with support and representation for their union. Just cause standards are applied with binding arbitration if the parties can't agree.||You're on your own. Any grievance process gives management the last word.|
|Working Conditions||Schedules, vacations, workload, subcontracting, work standards, layoff procedures, hours of work are all agreed to between workers and the employer and protected in the contract.||Management decides what's best for employees.|
|Protections & Guarantees||Only union workers enjoy a legally binding written agreement with their employer that defines, protects, and guarantees all terms of employment||Nonunion workers have no guarantees and no protections.|