ARE YOU WORKING… AND GETTING NOWHERE?
It is reported that more than a half a million people in British Columbia live in poverty, twenty-five percent children, whose parents work, but are part of the new social class economists have coined as “The Working Poor”. Statistics Canada confirms that B.C. has the highest rate of working poor in the country, with a reported median household income of $41,866 or less after taxes. Organizations lobbying for a living wage have calculated that in the Lower Mainland, both adults in a family would need to work full-time making $20.64 per hour, to even meet a bare-bones budget.
A union helps neutralize pay discrimination. The most recent reports from the Canadian Labour Congress shows:
- For women in a union, the weekly pay advantage is 35% or $7.10/hour more than non-union women in the workforce.
- Young union workers earn about 27% more with a Union in their workplace.
- Aboriginal workers earned $6.51/ hour more with a Union.
- New Canadians (landed immigrants) earned $3.97 more per hour with a Union in their workplace.
Start building your future now! Local 1611 contractors are industry leading, providing respectful work environments for our members. We work in conjunction with our contractors to ensure that our members have a VOICE and that they are paid a fair wage, provided the opportunity for medical, health and pension benefits and that their workplace is safe.
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Not sure if you are getting the correct pay and entitlements for your job? If you have a have a problem at work, our Union can provide you with expert advice on your rights and entitlements. If you need help at work, but afraid to contact us, no worries… you can call our CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE 604-538-6928.
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