Report Working Non-Union – or Send Us a Tip About Your Job

For Northern Alberta, let us know where you’re working – completely confidentially – by emailing or

For Southern Alberta, email or

This process is entirely confidential – your employer will never know you contacted us or signed a union card circulating on your job site.  

We’re with you all the way

Under Alberta’s labour code, if 65% of the carpenters or scaffolders – or even floorcoverers, shopworkers, drywallers or whoever! – in a company want to join the union, we can get what is called automatic certification. That means your company can be unionized simply be showing 7 signed union cards in a company employing 10 workers who we are applying to represent. We would say 6.5 workers, but of course that’s not actually possible. Call it 65 workers out of a hundred for an automatic certification, okay?

Check out the new labour law changes here.

If the level of support is between 40% and 65%, a secret ballot vote is scheduled. This usually will be organized right on the jobsite to make the voting process simple.

So if we get 40% of a company’s employees within a union Local’s jurisdiction signing cards, a formal vote on whether or not to unionize must be held. During and after this voting process, the law protects you from negative action by your employer.

The way this process usually begins is that anywhere from just 1 to a small group of employees call us, have a short chat, and then meet with our Organizers.

We’ll be honest – it takes a bit of courage and determination to be part of an ‘organizing drive’ within a company. But the payoff for success is huge. Our pay levels, vacation time, health and welfare benefits and pension plan are industry-best (some employers provide their own benefit and pension plans)…you’ll never be sorry you took that first step and called or emailed us.

The entire process is confidential – your employer will never know you contacted us or signed a union card. 

The Process

  • Usually, an employee contacts a Union Organizer. Sometimes, Organizers approach employees.
  • Union Organizers generate employee support by having employees freely sign a petition, or “card”. These are individual. Your work colleagues won’t know if you signed one, and your employer DEFINITELY won’t know. 
  • In Alberta, at least 40% of the employees need to sign the petition to bring the company to a vote. If 65% of your mates sign, then unionization  is automatic and no vote is required. 
  • Union support is confidential during all of this process.
  • The Union submits an application to the Alberta Labour Relations Board (a government department) to obtain the right to represent employees with their employer.
  • The government conducts an investigation to ensure the cards are authentic – they may call you to ask if you signed a card. Your employer will still not know that you signed a card.
  • If the cards are less than 65% but more than 40%, a secret ballot vote (50% + 1 is required for the Union to become the employees’ representative)
  • The Labour Board certifies the union as the employees’ official representative
  • The Alberta Carpenters negotiate an agreement on your behalf, with your assistance and input, and with your final blessing through a ratification vote. 


Telephone Town Hall Rescheduled for Tuesday, February 26

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The Alberta-wide Carpenters Union Telephone Town Hall is ON AGAIN! We’re set up to go live at 8 pm on Tuesday, February 26. The call will last for one hour.  Just like last time, we will send an automated message … Read More

’Twas a great time for all

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Like families across Alberta, this past December, members of 1325 and 2103 and 1460 gathered to celebrate with all the joy of the holiday season. As always, there was plenty of great food, laughs games and gifts for the little … Read More

Local 1325 Curling Bonspiel Sweeping Back in March 2019

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  Four player teams. $100 a team. Breakfast, lunch, and guaranteed two games! All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors. Learn more about the Wounded Warriors here! Saturday, March 9th, Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club. Call 780.733.2160 or 780.471.3200, or … Read More

ARCCAW Posting: Representative – Edmonton/Central Alberta Region

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ALBERTA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE – EDMONTON/CENTRAL ALBERTA REGION   The Alberta Regional Council is the governing body for all United Brotherhood affairs in Alberta.  The vision and mandate for the organization is to organize and … Read More

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