Unionization FAQs - Federal Sectors

By CUPE Organizing.

What is the process of forming a union?

A minimum of 40% of the employees must sign union membership cards and contribute $5. An application is then submitted to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (“The Labour Board”). Within 12 days, the Labour Board holds a secret ballot vote at your workplace. In order for the union to be successful, 50% plus one of the employees who cast a ballot must vote in favour of the union.

Alternatively, if 50% plus one of all employees sign …