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.
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.
“Rat” Unions are employer dominated organizations established to prevent bonafide unions from representing workers and getting better wages and conditions.
A Union is a family, in that members support one another and stand together on common issues.
Most labour disputes are concluded without strikes or lockouts.
Apprentices have a schedule for pay increases. Journeypersons can become foremen based on experience and ability.
Yes. As demand grows for a particular course, the Union will provide courses taught by professionals.
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.
Most construction agreements do not have seniority provisions.
Yes. Monthly dues are required to maintain your membership in the Union.
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.
Our agreements allow for “piece work” on certain projects
Members stay informed and have a voice in the affairs of the Union when they participate at meetings. Attendance is encouraged but not required.
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).
Currently there is no initiation fee to join the Union.
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.
By completing application forms at the Local 1541 office.