Seven Steps to a Contract

Looking for an overview of how the organizing and certifcation process works? Read The Seven Steps to a Contract.

Want to understand the provincial legislation that says how unions can be formed and how employers must relate to unions in Nova Scotia?  Click here.

The biggest difference that separates union from non-union workplaces is having a contract, also called a collective agreement. Unions negotiate meaningful contracts that give unionized workers legally binding guarantees covering wages and benefits and rights and protections that are not available to other workers. This is the Union Advantage:

  • Respect and fairness on the job
  • Better wages and benefits
  • More flexibility for work and family needs
  • Safe and healthy work environment
  • A say in the workplace
  • More equal footing with your employer
  • Insurance for a better economic future
  • Clear provisions for staffing and compensation
  • Support for continuing education and training
  • Adequate pensions
  • Vacations and family leave
  • Equitable promotion and transfer
  • Workable grievance system

What is the bare minimum working standards that employers must meet with regard to compensation and hours of work? Read about the NS Labour Code Standards here

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