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Your rights at work

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What are my rights if I am protected by a union?

If you are protected by a union, check your collective agreement to find out about your rights at work, or talk to your union representative. Your rights may be different from the rights set out in the ESA. You usually have to use the grievance procedure in the collective agreement to enforce your rights.

Most workers in Ontario have the right to join or form a labour union. A union is an organization of workers that bargains with employers to set conditions of employment such as wages, hours of work, and overtime pay. This process is called collective bargaining. To find out more about unions and union organizing, contact the Canadian Labour Congress, Ontario Region at 1-800-387-3500. In the Toronto area, call 416-441-3710.