Union Versus Non-Union

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June 27, 2020

Union versus Non-UnionThere are lots of reasons that working people look for Union representation.

Below, you’ll find a breakdown of some of the ways having a Union can benefit you. You can also read about the many reasons that workers have joined UFCW Locals 175 & 633 in our Workers’ Victories section!

UFCW Locals 175 & 633 can help you and your co-workers negotiate your way to better working conditions. Scroll for more information or contact our Organizers!


You have a legally binding contract that guarantees your rights, working conditions, job security, paid holidays, wages and benefits.


The employer can make promises but is under no obligation to fulfill them; and it is difficult to enforce the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA).

You cannot be fired without just cause and your Union will fight to enforce this right.

The employer can fire you at anytime with no reason even if you do good work. If you fight for what you deserve you can lose your job.

With each round of negotiations, your Union strives to improve higher wages and better working conditions for you.

Raises and promotions are few and far between and completely up to the discretion of management where favouritism can play a major role.

You have the grievance procedure to fight against unfair treatment, poor working conditions or anything else that violates your collective agreement or The Ontario Human Rights Code.

The employer can force you to work in unsafe conditions and change the pace or requirements of your job with no warning and no consequence.  Harassment and discrimination rarely go challenged. There is no grievance procedure.

Your contract provides excellent benefits including life insurance, hospital care, vision and dental care coverage, disability benefits and pension plans – all without additional costs to you.

The employer decides on benefits and often they cost you extra money. In addition, these benefits can be changed or taken away with no notice.

Ready to contact one of our Organizers?

Our Organizers can walk you through the many ways that having Union representation in the workplace can improve your work-life. All conversations with our Team are confidential. They can answer all your questions about how to get started, what to expect, and more.

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