We’re Unifor Local 2000, and we would like to clarify a few things.
DO NOT FEAR:
We know the idea of unions can be scary for many companies. Maybe you think if your employees unionize, it’s the end of the world and your businesses will fold. We have great news for you: There’s nothing to fear! We are very nice people, and we’re not here to demonize management or kill your company. Our goal is to ensure people are treated with dignity, fairness and respect. We can help stabilize your workforce and bring in fair practices that will ultimately help your business and your reputation in the industry.
If you ask people to work late, you must pay them, even if you’re using the high-technology exclusion or pretending your staff are contractors. We’ve confirmed this with the Employment Standards Branch. If people are working late, you need to pay them. If you don’t want to pay them, you need to send them home.
Giving people unreasonable quotas they can’t possibly fill without working evenings and weekends is not sustainable. If people have to work late to get the job done, they can make a claim for unpaid hours with the Employment Standards Branch, and your business could be on the hook for the bill. Prior authorization to work overtime isn’t necessary.
We love the creative perks you offer your employees: onsite dog daycare, free lunch meat in the fridge, beer, ping pong, $10 food vouchers etc. We’re all for perks but not as a replacement for payment. People are telling us they would rather be paid.
Lunch meat is not an appropriate form of payment for overtime hours.
As you probably know, many of your employees are afraid to speak publicly about workplace problems or unionization because they don’t want to be blacklisted. Did you know their right to join a union is protected by the B.C. Labour Code? Interfering with someone’s right to join a union is against the law.
If you have any questions or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be happy to help! 🙂
Unifor Local 2000 vice-president