Being in a union is about having the power to win in ways that make life better at work and at home.

“Our “hero pay” was cut while the pandemic was still raging. Profits had doubled, and we were still at risk showing up at work everyday. So I joined my union’s negotiating committee. We won a $2.30 raise and better benefits for 12,000 workers, and no-one could take that away. Being union means being able to demand, and win, the respect you deserve.”

– Natasha Grey, Grocery Store Worker, Member, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada Local 1006A

Being in a union means earning better wages.

Being in a union means better benefits.

“Having benefits like dental and prescription coverage for my entire family makes a huge difference in our lives: it’s much easier for us to make ends meet. And being able to access physio and massage therapy has saved my back from long hours on the road getting to my patients. And that means I can stay on the job.”

– Dorine Agendia, Registered Homecare Nurse and member of International Association of Machinists (IAM)

Being in a union means better sick leave.

Being in a union means a better retirement.

“I’ve met too many women who have had to retire into poverty, especially back home in Nova Scotia. Being part of my union means I I have a workplace pension I can count on and I can breathe a little easier about my own future.”

– Sharon Paris, Postal Worker, Member of Canadian Union Of Postal Workers (CUPW)

What’s the union edge where you live?

See the union difference where you live. For example, unionized workers in Prince Edward Island make about $9.79 more an hour–49% more–than non-union workers. 

Newfoundland & Labrador$23.40$30.78$7.3832%
Prince Edward Island$19.87$29.65$9.7949%
Nova Scotia$22.06$29.31$7.2433%
New Brunswick $21.22$29.45$8.2239%
British Columbia $26.67$31.48$4.8218%

How it works

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