Steps to Union Certification

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Contact OCEU/CUPE and Meet an Organizer

Workers contact the union and meet with a union organizer.

Sign a CUPE membership card.

Workers sign cards applying for membership in the union and authorizing the union to represent them in negotiations with their employer. There is no charge to sign a CUPE membership card in Ontario. The confidentiality of card signer information is protected by law. At no time during the process will your employer know whether you have signed.

Spread the word.

A minimum of 40% of your co-workers must sign CUPE membership cards for CUPE to file an application for certification with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Vote YES.

5 business days following the application for certification, a secret ballot vote will be held. Labour Board Officers holds the vote and ensures there is no interference by the employer to intimidate or influence the vote. The voting process is confidential and is like Provincial and Federal elections. If the majority (50%+1) of workers who cast ballots vote to unionize, the union is certified.

Notice to bargain.

The union will serve notice to your Employer to bargain your first collective agreement.