Union 101: Unionization Process

Starting A Union In Vancouver

In BC, the road to unionization is essentially a 5 step process. This is the most basic overview of the process:

  • Educate and Gather Support
  • Sign Union Authorization cards
  • The Labour Board holds a vote (secret ballot)
  • If the majority of the voters vote YES to unionization, a bargaining unit is formed
  • The Bargaining Unit negotiates the terms of the union contract with the employer

The union contract that is signed is called a “Collective Agreement” and it is negotiated and agreed to by both the workers forming the union, and the employers, so that it is fair to both parties.