In certain circumstances, you have the right to vote out or “decertify” your union. Decertification of a union basically means eliminating the union. This can happen when a majority of employees no longer support the union or no longer wish to have the union represent them. In order to decertify your union, you must comply with strict guidelines prescribed in each province’s labour relation acts. Decertification can be complicated, especially if there is already a collective agreement in place. You will need to build support from other members, prepare the applicable forms, and deliver the forms to both the labour board and the employer.
Additionally, you can take complaints about a wide range of employment issues to various labour boards. If you are part of a union, you have specific rights and obligations as an employee. If your employer violates your rights under the collective agreement, it is the union’s job to bring a grievance on your behalf. It is your legal right to be represented by your union fairly, in good faith, and without discrimination. As the union is required to serve as your representative, this right applies to nearly every action that a union may take in dealing with an employer.