In honor of the 150th birthday of Canada, we thought we’d take some opportunity to look back in the game-changing moments in the labor history of Canada. The place has been taken by many life-changing moves for workers here in Canada due to workers the same as you who opted to struggle for a better future and refused to be complacent.
Here are a few moments in the labor history of Canada.
Fight for fair hours — 1872
On March 25, 1872, print workers in Toronto came together to need a nine-hour workday. At the time, these employees were working 10 hours a day, 7 days per week. 24 members of the strike were arrested and jailed as union activity was a criminal offense back afterward. More protests followed, leading to the Trade Unions Act being passed on June 14.
First general strike — 1918
Labour activist’s passing, Albert Goodwin, led to Canada’s first general strike. Before his death, Goodwin had called for a general strike in protest of workers being drafted against his or her will.
Winnipeg general strike — 1919
Known as the strikes in Canadian history, the Winnipeg general strike brought together workers in a variety of businesses that fought for a living wage and lasted six weeks.
Unemployment insurance — 1941
In August of 1940, the primary federal unemployment insurance program in Canada was introduced in order to provide employees who were outside of a job security; it then came to operation.
Collective bargaining rights — 1965
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers organized a country-wide (prohibited) strike for better wages, the right to bargain collectively and the right to strike. This attack was effective in bringing about collective bargaining rights for the service.
Maternity leave — 1971
In 1971, the government introduced leave as a portion of unemployment insurance.
Occupational Health Act — 1972
The Occupational Health Act was passed in Saskatchewan, holding direction responsible for providing workers the right to refuse dangerous work and developing a safe work environment.
Female leadership in local labour unions — 1975
Back in 1975, the Canadian Union of Public Employees elected Grace Hartman as president, making her the first woman president of a significant union in North America.These moments only scrape at the surface of what’s taken place and we’re only getting started!
We are thankful for what sisters and our brothers have achieved to make this nation what it is now, and we’re honored to be a part of the fight for a better future for Canadian employees.
How To Join A Union at Alberta – Process for joining a Union
Step 1: Get UFCW Canada
Contact UFCW Canada or one of our Unions. Request to speak with an organizer. He will answer all your queries and or she is a specialist in Canadian labor legislation. All contacts with UFCW are all confidential. No obligation.
Step 2: Signal UFCW Canada Membership Cards
With the guidance of an organizer, you and your co-workers signal UFCW Canada membership cards or any request. The signatures on the cards or the petition cannot be older. Your employer won’t understand the request or the cards. UFCW Canada can apply to the Alberta Labour Relations Board for 28 when at least 40% of the employees have signed a request or a union card. The Labour Board will likely have a hearing within 10 days of the union’s program. The Goal of the hearing is to make sure 40 percent of the workers have signed either a union card or a petition
Step 3: Vote for UFCW Canada
Two weeks following UFCW Canada has applied to the Alberta Labour Relations Board the board could conduct a vote of the workers if a majority would like the union to find out. The vote is generally held in the Labour Board Office. It’s a secret ballot vote. No one will know how you voted.
Step 4: Now that you’ve got a Union.
Your employer and UFCW Canada representatives (including workers from your bargaining unit) may sit down to negotiate a collective agreement. This agreement – the marriage contract – sets from the wages, benefits, working conditions, job security and other rights of the employees. UFCW Canada has experienced negotiators who know your industry and what’s realistic. We’ve been representing workers for over 100 decades.You and your co-workers have the last say on any agreement, once more. UFCW Canada is a democratic union. UFCW Canada Will Protect Your Rights Under Alberta Labour LawMost companies prefer to not have their workers. However, the decision is not theirs. Under Alberta labor law, your employer cannot interfere with your choice. Employers can talk about the union generally but are prohibited from making any promises or threats, or do anything which may prevent workers from making a choice. If the law violates, UFCW Canada can take legal measures to enforce your rights.