In a non-union workplace:
- The employer makes all the rules, sets all the wage rates, and makes all the decisions on things like discipline, promotions, and hours of work. The worker has no voice.
In a Union workplace:
- The Union bargains with the employer for a contract, and then makes sure that the contract is carried out. Your Collective Agreement is a contract. Contracts are legal documents between you and your employer that spell out wages, benefits, and rules of employment.