Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Most Popular Careers Questions

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We do have some rules about paying your dues, agreeing to drug & alcohol testing and not working for employers who have relationships with other labour organizations. But beyond a pretty basic set of rules, as soon as you are initiated, you're equal to every other member of our Local. You're welcome at our Member Meetings, and you're encouraged to speak you mind on all the issues that affect you as a Member, and your family.

 

Most Popular General Questions

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The purpose of collecting this information is to allow the Union to:

1. Advise the individual about employment opportunities, including maintenance and administration of the dispatch system and out of work list;
2. Provide benefits to the individual;
3. Provide dues and remittances to home Locals when applicable;
4. Advise appropriate people in emergency circumstances;
5. Contact individuals to advise of meetings, collective bargaining, and Union material associated with the Union;
6. Process charges under the Union Constitution and Local By-laws;
7. Grievances and for witness statements relating to the Collective Agreement administration;
8. Provide employment;
9. Provide information to the Trust Funds/Benefit Funds constituted pursuant to a Collective Agreement to assist in administering the members' benefits;
10. Provide an effective Job Steward's Reporting System;
11. To administer the local Union to the betterment of the members;
12. To administer the Collective Agreement(s) and to further the purposes of collective bargaining;
13. To administer materials relating to those seeking membership in the Union, including, where required, a proficiency test;
14. Organizing purposes.

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The information that is collected is given by the individual him or herself, a home Local, or an employer. Information is also sometimes collected through questionnaires, membership meetings, personal contact with the individual, membership application and travel card forms.

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Information is protected with the appropriate procedural, physical and technical security with respect to such personal information, so as to stop unauthorized access and exposure. This includes creating physical barriers to access hard copy material and technical security by way of firewalls and pass codes. Waste materials that contain personal information will be destroyed by shredding, erasing electronic material, or otherwise destroying it before it is sent to the garbage.

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Individuals are entitled to access their personal information that is collected. Information about an individual can be accessed by that individual, by written request to the appropriate Union privacy designate.

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The information collected, used and disclosed and the purposes for which it is done, in the context of working out of a Union hall, implies such consent to collect, use and disclose personal information. However, where consent is necessary but is not confirmed, personal information can be disclosed without being able to confirm consent of the individual. Those circumstances include but are not limited to:

Emergency situations to protect the individual(s) or contact next of kin;
Pursuant to a legal duty or direction of the Court.

Most Popular New Membership Questions

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If you work in the commercial construction sector, you’re paid every two weeks. If you work for our industrial construction employers, you’ll be paid weekly. All members receive vacation pay with each pay cheque.

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Our employers make a pre-access D&A test mandatory, and our Local supports that decision, because pre-access D&A testing makes the jobsite safer for everyone. Safety for our members is our most important concern. You should also know that if there is a safety-related incident on a jobsite, everyone involved will be required to take another D&A test. All D&A testing of our members conforms to the Canadian Model. You either pass a D&A test, or you fail. There’s no in-between.

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The testing company and you know the results. Your employer is only told whether you pass or fail

 

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Membership costs $40. If you have let your membership lapse, and you want to be reinstated, the fee is $100. After your first reinstatement, a future reinstatement must be considered by our Executive Board. In order to use our dispatch system, new members are charged 3 months non-working dues ($105) when they join us.

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No. Local 488 permits you to defer your final decision about UA membership for up to a year, or to the end of your first dispatch job, whichever comes first.