Decertifying - What's at Risk for Workers at Edwards
Decertifying - what's at risk?
First, this application is about decertifying from Unifor. If you vote to decertify, you will not have a union or a collective agreement. Decertifying is a big decision that will impact your work life, and such a decision cannot be taken lightly.
What happens after a decertification?
The truth is that decertifying from Unifor means that you no longer have a collective agreement. Your collective agreement is a contract between Unifor and your employer. If you decertify, the contract is no longer in force, and you do not take your collective agreement with you despite what you have been told.
Because you will no longer have a collective agreement after decertification, the employer will be under no obligation to live up to any of the provisions in your collective agreement. The minimum provisions of the Employment Standards Act will govern your job.
Do not be fooled by the empty promises
The simple truth is that if the decertification effort is successful, you will be left with no representation at all.
If someone has made commitments to raising the conditions at work, like wages, vacation, etc. There is no legal requirement to maintain them.
Making improvements to you working conditions can be done in this round of negotiations. We have dates set and are ready to move forward. Decertifying means the negotiations cease and every worker will be on their own.
Voting is important
Below is the voting information, we encourage everyone to make an informed decision and be sure to cast a ballot. It is important that all members take the time to cast their ballot.
METHOD OF VOTE
The vote will be conducted ONLINE and by TELEPHONE.
The vote starts on: Tuesday April 25th, 2023 at 2:00 PM and
ends on Wednesday April 26th at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time).
A personal identification number ("PIN") is needed to vote. Eligible voters will receive an email containing their confidential PIN and detailed instructions before the vote commences. PINs are strictly for personal use by voters and must not be shared with anyone.
If an employee believes they are eligible to vote and does not receive a PIN, or requires any assistance to vote, they may contact the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) Help Desk (see hours and contact information below).
If no one answers, employees should leave a detailed message with their full name, contact information, and OLRB case number (Here is the case number – 0140-23-R) , and a Vote Officer will respond to the message as soon as possible.
OLRB Help Desk Telephone:
OLRB Help Desk Hours of Operation:
April 25, 2023- 3:00PM to 3:30PM
April 26, 2023 - 12:30PM to 1:00PM
The vote will be by secret ballot. Voters are entitled to vote without interference, restraint or coercion. It's completely confidential.
The ballots in this Representation Vote should be counted/tabulated by April 26h at 5:00 PM.
QUESTION ON THE BALLOT
The ballot that will be provided to voters contains the following question:
In your employment relations with your Employer, do you wish to be represented by the Union?
If we can be of any assistance on questions you might have, or discussions about what happens next, please feel free to call us.