What is organizing?

Organizing is another word for unionizing. When you organize your workplace, you are taking steps toward having a union represent you and your coworkers.

Click on the video below to learn about the benefits of a union.


What You Need To Know About Organizing

It’s Your Right

You have a legal right to be represented by a Union.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, entrenched in the Constitution of Canada, ensures the right to freedom of association.

You do not need your employer’s permission to become unionized.

Canadian charter of Rights and Freedom

You Are Protected

The Alberta Labour Relations Code protects workers as soon as they approach or start speaking with an Organizer about unionizing their workplace.

Employers cannot threaten, intimidate, penalize or dismiss employees seeking to become members of a union.

Alberta Labour Relations Code Section 149

“No employer or employers’ organization and no person acting on behalf of an employer or employers’ organization shall

(c) seek by intimidation, dismissal, threat of dismissal or any other kind of threat, by the imposition of as pecuniary or other penalty or by any other means, to compel an employee to refrain from becoming or to cease to be a member, officer or representative of a trade union."

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Who are organizers and what do they do?

Union Organizers...

  • Help non-unionized employees unionize a workplace
  • Explain legal rights to employees
  • Advise and guide employees through the legal process of unionizing a workplace
  • Communicate with Alberta Labour Relations Board Officers
  • Help employees gain a stronger collective voice at work to create better working conditions and better quality of life
  • Know that there is strength in numbers

Why should you organize?

  • Collective bargaining
  • Fair contract for employment (for workers and employers)
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Improved wage package
  • Health benefits
  • Defined pension
  • Training and skills upgrading
  • Representation if you have a dispute with your employer
  • Experienced, dedicated, fair representation

How do you organize?

Step 1

Contact I.U.O.E Local 955

Every union employer started out non-union, until the workers chose to organize. We have done this before and we are here to help. Contact us and ask to speak with a Union Organizer. Union Organizers provide confidential advice and support to start the organizing process. All inquiries are held in strict confidence.

Step 2

Talk to your coworkers

Work with your coworkers and Union Organizer to start an organizing drive. Identify common concerns and issues such as fairness, safety. Union Organizers handle the legwork, although the more information an “inside” person can provide, the more successful the effort will be.

Step 3

Sign a petition or union card

Organizing is a democratic process. The Union Organizer creates a petition or provides union cards that employees sign to indicate their desire for the union to represent them. The anonymity of anyone participating in an organizing drive and signing a petition or union card is protected by law.

In Alberta, a minimum of 40% of employees in a workplace must support the Union by signing a petition or union card for the organizing drive to proceed to the next step. When this level of support is achieved, the Union applies for certification with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. The employer is made aware of the organizing effort but is prevented by law from making sweeping changes within the workplace.

Step 4


The Alberta Labour Relations Board conducts an investigation and orders a secret ballot vote. If a majority (50% plus one vote) of employees vote “YES”, the union is certified, becoming the exclusive bargaining agent to represent employees and negotiate a collective agreement. All employees included in the bargaining unit benefit from the terms and conditions of the negotiated agreement.

How do you organize?

Every union employer started out non-union, until the workers chose to organize. 
We have done this before and we are here to help.

Email: [email protected]


All inquiries are strictly confidential.