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Overview

Advancing Employee Rights: Informed employees and informed choices

LabourWatch advances employee rights in labour relations. We provide Employees with resources on unionization, to help Employees make informed choices.

Providing a balance

Employees generally have limited access to the information, legal counsel and financial resources available to most unions and some employers. To help employees who need to make informed critical decisions, LabourWatch provides user-friendly websites (LabourWatch.com and the French-language InfoTravail.ca) with the specific forms and detailed instructions for the labour code they are covered by (1 of 10 provinces or the Federal jurisdiction).

We provide links to:

  • Unions for employees who want to become or remain unionized.
  • How to cancel a Union card during a Union-organizing campaign.
  • How to decertify a Union.
  • How to file an Unfair Labour Practices complaint against a union.
  • Unions, Labour Boards and Union reform websites.
  • News on emerging labour relations developments on the Internet.
  • Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week - no passwords, no fees.
  • Information in a question and answer format in the FAQ's.

Employees come first

In any labour board case that could affect their rights or paycheque, LabourWatch believes employees should have an official status equal to that of employers and unions. But regardless of whether governments treat employees as equals, LabourWatch.com helps the most disadvantaged party: the employee.

Employees who want to become or remain unionized are well supported by unions funded by forced dues. LabourWatch is not concerned that potential and current union members will lack help to address alleged employer unfair labour practices, let alone in pursuing unionization.

Employees who support unionization

Employees will find general information about unionization. LabourWatch does not duplicate the excellent work done by unions across Canada. Employees who want to become unionized should sign a union card. If you are not yet in discussion with a union, go to this section of our website. Many union websites have excellent resources online and contact information for their organizers.

Acting within the law

Our website is focused on employees. Employers may find the website helpful but are encouraged to use the web site in consultation with a labour relations lawyer. This service is not intended to replace a lawyer or labour relations expert, who provide information specific to an employer's situation and jurisdiction. Nor can our resources replace a lawyer to help employees deal with union lawyers though it is there to help in the interim.

Our Guiding Principles and Labour Law Reform

LabourWatch has 11 Guiding Principles to advance employee rights in order to enable informed employees make informed choices.

The Canadian LabourWatch Association does not lobby governments directly. We do seek to influence our Members to add an employee rights dimension to their participation in the public policy process.

Employee choice should be paramount

We encourage employers, unions, and employees to pursue their objectives free from coercion, intimidation, threats, promises, inducements, fraud or misrepresentations of any kind, including the use of deceptive or misleading information.

Quick access to Labour Relations Board decisions

Any decision we know about, which involves LabourWatch, whether or not we are mentioned, is kept on our website, visit the Decisions section. We post the full text of any Board rulings that deal with LabourWatch.com or InfoTravail.ca along with other useful information.

Research

LabourWatch provides research on unions and employee attitudes and informed commentary:

  • Polling unionized, formerly unionized and non-union employees on their attitudes towards employers, unions and other issues.
  • Opinion columns in the Financial Post, Vancouver Sun, Canadian HR Reporter and others.
  • Comparative reviews of labour laws and their outcomes in other countries.

Get involved

The Canadian LabourWatch Association is independent of Canada's unions. To support LabourWatch, please visit our Membership section. LabourWatch is financially supported by national and provincial industry associations and law firms.

Content Advisors

Our Content Advisors - labour lawyers in every province - support LabourWatch by helping us keep the website current with each jurisdiction's legislation, regulations, Board rules and Decisions. A list of our Members and how to contact them is available in the Members section.

Governance

The Canadian LabourWatch Association is a federally-incorporated, non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The Directors are drawn from LabourWatch's Members. A list of the members of our Board Directors is available in the About Us section.

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