What you can do if a union comes knocking (Legal View)

Employer's defence consists of 3 distinct stages
By Jamie Knight
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2013

Unions exist to represent employees in a bargaining unit in their dealings with employers. A typical bargaining unit consists of non-managerial employees of a particular employer at a particular location or at multiple locations within a municipality.

Under the various jurisdictions in Canada, unions have to co-ordinate organizing drives in an effort to convince employees in a bargaining unit to sign membership cards. Depending on the jurisdiction, having enough cards signed may lead directly to a certificate or vote.

Either way, if the union is ultimately successful in its organizing campaign, it will achieve the exclusive right to bargain on behalf of the employees in the unit and represent them in their dealings with the employer.