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WHY UNIONSUnions are groups of working people who join to talk to employers about wages and conditions of work instead of workers talking to employers on an individual basis1 Because they speak for everybody unions can get a better deal for each worker than one employee could by negotiating with the employer As seen in the short movie WHY UNIONS non-unionized workers talks about the unfair treatment they experience in the work place Through collective action workers formed unions so they could have a voice in deciding wages hours working conditions and dealing with the many problems arises in the workplace Unions are not just organizations trying to get more dollars and cents or better working conditions for people who hold union cards People who dont enjoy the benefits of union protection get benefits too The labour movement was in the forefront of the struggles for public health care for public education for minimum wages holidays and employment conditions2 1 D Martin Form War To Peace Canadian Labour CongressQuebec 1991 P172 Notes On Unions Canadian Labour Congress Quebec 1992 P1 UNION NOWADAYSUnions are like businesses their success depends upon attracting and retaining buyers new members Recently one of the major problems faced by the union movement is that few Canadians understand what services unions come into public3 The public also dont know the union is also helping Canada in other parts of areas such as economy etc The public think that the only time unions come into the publics eye is as a result of strike or withdrawal of services This is because of the impressed strikes held by the union workers The memorable one would be the strike held by the Toronto Transit Commission workers back in September 1991 The lack of transportation resulted in inconveniences among the public The Canadian public becomes upset over conflict The strikes make the public forget about the contributions
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