Harvesting a better future
In New Brunswick, Cannabis NB is the only legally authorized retailer for cannabis products. Despite good development prospects, the Crown corporation does not seem ready to commit to make these jobs stable and have all the benefits that should come with such a profitable industry. At CUPE, we feel this can change and we want to help Cannabis NB staff achieve job security and gain negotiated improvements to their working conditions.
The Benefits of Being a Unionized Cannabis NB Employee
United, we are stronger in the employer-employee relationship so we can obtain:
With a union, your employer cannot dismiss you for no reason, they must have a legally "valid reason". This also protects employees when the employer wants to make cuts, privatize, outsource or "restructure".
A union effectively reduces favouritism and allows you to challenge unfair discipline and layoffs.
Career Development: Regular Progression of Salaries and Benefits
When you are unionized, you can better plan your future because of collective bargaining. Regularly negotiated contracts ensure progress and gradual improvement of working conditions. It also protects employees from wages and benefit rollbacks.
That's why union members in Canada earn on average $5.28 more than non-union workers. Together, workers have more strength in their negotiations with employers.
Justice, Equity and Continuous Learning
CUPE provides legal support to its members in the event of a workplace problem that may result in disciplinary action or termination, such as sexual harassment or a complaint from a client.
This protection enhances respect for human rights, reduces power abuses of bosses, increases the quality of jobs and reduces turnover.
The union advocates for continuous training and learning opportunities for its members, which increases the skill levels, knowledge and productivity of employees.
Respecting your Experience
Through unionization, the employer will have to recognize the hours of service you have performed within Cannabis NB. Your accumulated experience will be recognized and appreciated for all classifications. Occasional or permanent, part-time or full-time, your seniority will be taken into account for advancement opportunities.
The Advantages of Being with CUPE
CUPE IS THE LARGEST UNION IN CANADA AND THE MOST IMPORTANT AFFILIATE OF THE NEW BRUNSWICK FEDERATION OF LABOUR. IT IS ALREADY PRESENT IN most, if not all government departments and crown corporations, WHICH ALLOWS IT TO OFFER:
Grassroots Union with National Resources
CUPE is a democratic, grassroots union, where leadership comes from you, the member. The principle of "local autonomy" is inscribed in our Constitution. Union dues are established by the members themselves at their general meeting, while in other unions it can be imposed. By joining CUPE, you will also have access to resources, funds, staff and services from provincial and national levels. This means serious firepower when it comes to bargaining and campaigns.
CUPE represents several employees in various Crown corporations, which perform similar tasks to those of Cannabis NB employees. CUPE also represents Cannabis workers in other provinces.
Representing over 670,000 members, CUPE is an organization in excellent financial health. We offer a wide range of specialized services and we have the expertise to negotiate the best working conditions. In addition to the many staff servicing representatives assigned to your local, specialized representatives are present in every province to support your union, including:
> Legal and legislative representative
> Research representative
> Communications representative
> Human rights representative
> Education representative
> Health and safety representative
Contrary to some smaller unions, CUPE locals also have the advantage of being able to get assistance not just from the regional level, but also resources from our national office.
WHO IS ALREADY UNIonized WITH CUPE?
A lot of people! From the health care system workers to the blue collars in most municipalities, to justice department workers, community colleges and universities. CUPE locals exist in most, if not every provincial department and are also present in the private sector. It is a modern organization that listens to its members.
For more information: NB.CUPE.ca