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8 Union Organizing Response FAQs

Responding too forcefully to union organization activities at your workplace may not only get you into labour law trouble but alienate employees and drive them into the union’s arms. But not responding forcefully enough may be even worse, especially when dealing with unions that are more interested in disrupting your business than promoting your employees’ interests. Here are 8 FAQs to help you decide what to do when you see union organizers approaching your own employees.
Q 1. How Do Unions Get Established in a Workplace?
Answer: To get the right to represent employees in collective bargaining, the union must get the support of a minimum percentage of employees in the group. This approval is what’s called “certification.”
Q 2. How Does Union Certification Work?
Answer: Although procedures vary by jurisdiction, there are 2 basic methods of union certification:

Secret ballot: In BC, AB, SK, ON, NS and NL, once the union can demonstrate enough support, e.g., in Ontario, by getting at ...

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