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IBEW Local 353 presents:

Know your worth!

An Open House for Non-Union Electrical (309 A) and Communications Workers (NCS 631 A) with the IBEW
(Breakfast Provided)
Sunday February 25th, 2024
8:00AM - 12:00PM

Bellagio Event Venue
8540 Jane Street
Vaughan, Ontario
L4K 5A9

Tired of low wages?
Worried about saving enough for retirement?
Want better benefits for you and your family?
Fed up of working as an unregistered apprentice?

The International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local 353 is hosting a free breakfast and information session for non-union electrical and communications workers.

In this session, you will learn:

  • how to earn better wages, get a better pension, and access better benefits
  • access to better training and education
  • 31% safer workplaces than non-union
  • versatile work opportunities
  • what your legal rights are

And in case you have any doubts,
we respect your privacy...

We understand that many non-union electrical and communications workers may be hesitant or worried to sign up and attend this event. 

Trust that we take your privacy extremely seriously and will not share any of your personal information with any external parties. We are hosting this event for you – we want to educate and empower you on your rights as a worker. This event is free with no strings attached. 

Remember, there is power in numbers

When you stand up for yourself, you’re also helping your fellow workers earn more and get what they deserve!

Know your worth and register now for free!

Join us for this free event to educate yourself and take control of your career and livelihood!

What to expect...

Program Schedule

The Open House will be held from 8:00AM to 12:00PM, and includes Free Breakfast and Lunch.

8:00 – 9:00AM

Registration, Free Breakfast and Networking Hour

9:00 – 9:30AM

Opening remarks from IBEW

9:30-9:45AM

Greetings/Remarks from organized contractors 

9:45- 10:00AM – Break

10:00 – 11:00AM

Workshop: “Know your legal rights!” – Ernie Schirru from Koskie Minsky LLP, Canada’s leading union-side law firm

11:00 – 11:30AM

Open Q&A from the floor

11:30 – 12:00PM

Closing remarks, free lunch served

Where to find us...

Location

The Bellagio Event Venue is located just off Highway 400 at Jane Street and Langstaff Road. 

Full details:

8540 Jane Street

Vaughan, Ontario

L4K 5A9

FAQ

Ask Us
Anything

This process is governed by the Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA) in the construction industry. Under this legislation there are two ways to unionize your company under the Act.

  1. If, over 55% of the employees at your company indicate their wish to be represented by the IBEW through the “card check” process, the IBEW can apply to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to unionize your workplace. This is done by signing a Union Card. The Union Card is offered to prospective members in paper copy, signed in person, OR, by an electronic card signed through Adobe. After signing the electronic version, offered through our web site, or a hand signed paper copy, an application is then made to the OLRB. If the OLRB agrees that we represent more than 55% of the employees at your company, they will certify your company, typically within a week or two of the application.
  2. If the IBEW cannot obtain over 55% support, and there is between 40%-55% support on the day of application, we can apply to a have a vote of the workers. Votes are typically conducted within 5 business days of the original application and all employees, at work on the original day of application, are free to vote. The vote is conducted by an OLRB representative, and the Union and employer can appoint scrutineers to validate its fairness. At this point, if over 50% of the employees at your company vote yes, the company will then be unionized.

It must be stressed that throughout this process your choice remains confidential. At no point can the employer gain access to who signed a card or how you voted. This information is never shared, and your privacy is protected by law.

We understand that joining the IBEW is a life changing career decision. Seeking a union for your workplace is a legally protected right in the province of Ontario. This law allows workers to join the union of their choice without discrimination or reprisal. We also realize that not all employers adhere to the law. This is why we never share your information with anyone. Further, if a card signer is discriminated against, not only will that worker have the option of becoming an IBEW member immediately, but we will also consult with our lawyers, and if there is a violation of the OLRA, we will take the appropriate legal action on the employee’s behalf.

If you choose to sign a Union Card, you can go to the What’s Next section of the web site and fill out the “SEND US AN E-MAIL” form, providing us with your full name, personal e-mail and personal phone number (optional). This does not automatically mean that you signed a card! Instead, a request for a card will be sent to one of our reps and an Adobe E-Card will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. You will be able to sign the electronic card on your phone, tablet, or computer. Only when you complete and return the signed card to us is it counted as support for the Union.

Completing the E-card does not automatically make you a member or start union dues payments. This is simply the evidence we use in support of our application to the OLRB. If we get a clear mandate from the employees at your company, supported by an OLRB decision, then you can make the choice for membership.

Members that join the IBEW through company organizing campaigns have the option of joining one of the 11 IBEW Local Unions of their choice. This is typically done through geographic preference based on where that new member lives or works.

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