What can the Union do for me?

FAQs

  • What can the Union do for me?

    Unions provide opportunity, training, benefits, better wages and working conditions, assistance in WorkSafeBC and Employment Insurance issues and representation in the workplace. The Union provides the way for a better life for you and your family.

  • Is there still a need for unions?

    Yes. Through a union, workers have a fair say in their wages, benefits and conditions. Unions set the standard in the industry. Without unions, non union bosses would continue to drive down wages and conditions, making it more difficult for workers to earn a living wage.

  • What are "RAT" Unions?

    “Rat” Unions are employer dominated organizations established to prevent bonafide unions from representing workers and getting better wages and conditions.

  • Why do Union members call each other brothers or sisters?

    A Union is a family, in that members support one another and stand together on common issues.

  • Will I have to "go on strike?"

    Most labour disputes are concluded without strikes or lockouts.

  • Is there a promotion process?

    Apprentices have a schedule for pay increases. Journeypersons can become foremen based on experience and ability.

  • Will the Union help me upgrade my skills?

    Yes. As demand grows for a particular course, the Union will provide courses taught by professionals.

  • Do I have to rejoin if I move?

    As a member of the BC Floorlayers Local 1541, you may transfer your membership from Local to Local anywhere in North America six months after becoming a member of the Brotherhood.

  • Will I have seniority with a union company?

    Most construction agreements do not have seniority provisions.

  • Do I pay dues if I am not working?

    Yes. Monthly dues are required to maintain your membership in the Union.

  • Who sets my wage rate?

    Conditions and wage rates in the agreement are negotiated with the employers and the Union negotiating committee. The members have the final say when a vote to ratify the agreement is concluded.

  • Can I work "piece work" or "sub contract?"

    Our agreements allow for “piece work” on certain projects

  • Will I have to attend Union meetings?

    Members stay informed and have a voice in the affairs of the Union when they participate at meetings. Attendance is encouraged but not required.

  • If I join can I work for a "non-union" company?

    Yes. However, consider that we can best protect the standards and gains in wages we have made as a Union, by resisting work with employers who are non union and don’t subscribe to union standards and wages. The Union may also have policies or passed motions to prohibit members from working for unfair or Rat-Union employers such as Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC).

  • What does it cost to join the Union?

    Currently there is no initiation fee to join the Union.

  • Do I have to hold a Trades Qualification Certificate (ticket) to join?

    No. You only have to show that you have been earning a living installing floorcovering. It is our goal to help you get your ticket in the trade. We offer financial support for schooling. There are also excellent opportunities to start apprenticeships for those who have an interest in the trade.

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The BC Floorlayers Union Local 1541 is always interested in hearing from both members and the general public.