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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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.

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Your personal information will potentially be disclosed, among others, to:

Employers;
General membership for the purpose of processing charges;
Home Locals where applicable;
The International for purposes of paying dues;
The Health and Welfare, Pension or Education Trust Fund; the Benevolent Fund, or the Employment Insurance Supplementary Unemployed Benefit Fund, or any other Fund constituted pursuant to a Collective Agreement to assist in the administration of the members' benefits.

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If you have a complaint or concern arising from the implementation and/or breach of this Policy, you have 30 days from the date of such breach to file a complaint to the Union Privacy designate. The Union Privacy designate will provide you with a written decision as to your complaint as soon as reasonably possible.

Most Popular New Membership Questions

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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.

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Usually about 3 months. That can vary with several factors, including the scheduling of the next Heritage Course (orientation and swearing-in) after you decide you want to be a permanent member.

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Yes. But the first time you decide to return to the union, the membership fee will be $100. If you leave and return more than once, our Executive Board must consider whether to accept you back a third time. Frankly, this system is in place because we want members who think of their union as an organization within which they can further their career, not just as a quick-and-easy job-finding mechanism.