If you’re ready to join SGEU just scroll down this page and follow the steps.
Pick up the phone and call Don Regel, one of our specialists in Labour Relations, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Any contact made with us is kept strictly confidential.
With the guidance of our member organizer, you and your co-workers must sign SGEU membership cards. When at least 45 per cent of employees at a particular workplace have signed cards, SGEU can apply to the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board for a secret ballot vote. The Labour Relations Board is the neutral government body that oversees the law that protects workers' rights to a union.
A secret ballot vote will be conducted by the Labour Relations Board after you and your co-workers apply to join the union. No one will know how you vote. All employees listed on the certification order can vote. It doesn't matter if you are part-time or full-time – all votes count the same. If a majority vote for the union, the labour board can certify SGEU as your legal bargaining agent. From that point on, your employer must deal with the union on all your working conditions. If you have a problem at work, the union will represent you.
Your employer and SGEU representatives (including workers from your bargaining unit) then sit down to negotiate a collective agreement. This agreement – the union contract – sets out the wages, benefits, working conditions, job security and other workplace rights. SGEU has experienced professional negotiators who know your industry and what is realistic. We've been representing Saskatchewan workers for over 100 years.
You and your co-workers have the final say on any collective agreement, once again, through a secret ballot vote. SGEU is a democratic union and will work to protect your rights under provincial labour laws.
Some employers would rather not have their employees represented by a union. But the choice is not theirs. Under Saskatchewan labour law, your employer cannot interfere with your decision to join a union. Employers can talk about the union generally but are forbidden from making any promises or threats, or to do anything that might prevent employees from making a free decision. If your employer breaks the law, SGEU can take legal steps to enforce your rights.
If you think you need a union, you probably do. SGEU is one of Saskatchewan's largest and most supported unions. A better life for you and your coworkers is just a phone call or email away. Contact us now to find out more!
(306) 775.7220 or toll free no.1.800.667.5221 ext. 220.