What are my rights?

You have the right to join a union and take part in union activities free of intimidation or threats from your employer.

All workers in Alberta are protected by minimum employment standards, setting rules such as the minimum hourly wage or the maximum number of hours you can work.

However, it can be difficult for individual workers to hold employers to even these minimum standards, and there’s nothing stopping an employer from letting you go at any time no matter how long you’ve worked there or how good your performance has been.

Only unionized workers can negotiate legally binding contracts that their employers must uphold. AUPE members are not alone when they have a problem at work, and members can access a wide range of benefits and services. Click here to learn more about the benefits of joining.

Every worker in Alberta has the legally protected right to choose to join a union. When you decide you want to join AUPE, Alberta’s labour laws protect you.

It is illegal for your employer to:

  1. Discharge, suspend, transfer, lay off, or otherwise discipline workers who join a union or promote union membership to their coworkers.
  2. Favor employees who oppose the union over ones who support it. This includes promotions and special treatment.
  3. Promise raises or other favorable treatment if you oppose joining a union.
  4. Intimidate, fire or threaten to fire workers in an effort to stop them from becoming members of a union.
  5. Threaten to close your place of employment or take away benefits because you and co-workers support joining a union.
  6. Ask you your opinion of the Union.
  7. Impose conditions that keep workers from exercising their right to organize.

You have the legal right to:

  1. Join together with co-workers and form a union.
  2. Participate in meetings to discuss joining a union.
  3. Distribute union flyers, sign petitions and ask your coworkers to sign petitions at work during breaks and lunch and before and after work.
  4. File legitimate complaints against your employer with the Alberta Labour Relations Board with help from the union.
  5. Vote YES for the union.

You have the right to a voice in your workplace, so that you and your coworkers can improve your wages and working conditions and build a better life for yourself and your family.

If you feel like your rights have been violated during an organizing drive, call your AUPE Organizer immediately at 1-855-930-3401 or email organize@aupe.org.