Workers know they deserve fair wages and safe working conditions. Minimum standards are set out by governments. Unions help employees receive fair treatment and better wages and benefits in a respectful work environment by providing a mechanism to bring all employees together to work toward common goals.

Once your company is unionized, representatives from your work site and experts from the union will negotiate a contract covering wages and conditions. The workers at the job site decide by majority vote, on final contract.

If you’d like to know more, call the DC38 office at (604) 524-8334 or toll-free at 1-800-266-1527.


I’d like to bring in the union to my work site. How do I do that?

Many people are not sure how to bring in a union or how they function. Some feel threatened by their employer and fear what might happen if they try to bring in a union.

We can help you organize your shop. If you are working in a non-union shop and have concerns about safety or fairness on the job site, we have skilled and experienced organizers who can help you bring in a union. Call (604) 524-8334 or toll-free at 1-800-266-1527, in confidence, and ask to speak to an organizer.

What protection do I have if I want to bring in a union?

In B.C., workers, organizing a union, are protected by law by the Labour Code and Labour Relations Board. The Labour Code guarantees the right of every employee to join a trade union and to participate in its lawful activities.

Employers, or people acting on their behalf, are prohibited from:

  • participating in or interfering with the formation or administration of a union
  • firing, suspending, transferring, laying off or otherwise disciplining an employee during an organizing drive except for proper cause
  • imposing any condition in a contract that attempts to prevent an employee from exercising his or her right under the Labour Code
  • threatening to impose a penalty or promising a benefit to try to compel an employee from becoming or continuing to be a member of a union.

What does it mean to be certified?

Once your job site is certified, your union becomes your exclusive bargaining agent. Because there is strength in numbers, your union will be more effective in:

  • negotiating a good collective agreement
  • raising and correcting safety concerns
  • providing job security

I don’t belong to a union but I have a safety concern on my job site. Who do I talk to?

Call the District Council office at (604) 524-8334 or toll-free at 1-800-266-1527.

Are there openings for apprenticeships in District Council 38?

Yes. Call the District Council office at (604) 524-8334 or toll-free at 1-800-266-1527 and we’ll put you in touch with the Apprenticeship Coordinator.