Collective bargaining constitutes a fundamental aspect of Canadian society
"Collective bargaining constitutes a fundamental aspect of Canadian society which “enhances the human dignity, liberty and autonomy of workers by giving them the opportunity to influence the establishment of workplace rules and thereby gain some control over a major aspect of their lives, namely their work”. Put simply, its purpose is to preserve collective employee autonomy against the superior power of management and to maintain equilibrium between the parties.”
Chief Justice McLachlin
Having a union promotes transparency, fairness and accountability in the workplace. Through the union, NJI employees will gain a voice with respect to their terms and conditions of employment and workplace policies, as well a means of enforcing their rights through a grievance and arbitration system. As employees represented by the Society, NJI employees will have the support of professional negotiators from The Society in bargaining terms and conditions of employment, as well as professional Society representatives to assist, where required, in day-to day employment issues that may arise.
Unionized professionals through collective bargaining enjoy greater stability and job security as well as healthier work environments. Unionized workers, on average, enjoy superior wages, benefits and pensions compared to those who are non-unionized.
Choosing to support a union and participate in its activities is your democratic right, one which is protected under the Ontario Labour Relations Act. Specifically, the Ontario Labour Relations Act protects the right of employees to, among other things, form a union free from employer interference, retaliation or coercion. We fully expect that your employer will respect your legal rights to explore joining The Society. So please feel comfortable on your breaks, lunch hour or after work to engage with your colleagues to learn more about collective bargaining and The Society.