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. 


Extreme scaffolding

with No Comments

Red Bull Crashed Ice takes over Edmonton and Local 1325 was there.   The snow has long-since melted, but the memories from the 2018 Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton definitely remain. If you’re unfamiliar with the world-touring winter … Read More

Rocking the house for Wounded Warriors

with No Comments

Saturday, March 10th, sixteen teams of four grabbed their brooms and headed out on the ice at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club for a great day filled with friendly competition and plenty of camaraderie. “It’s serious fun,” … Read More

Building on a long, successful career

with No Comments

You can accomplish a lot in 38 years. Just ask Local 2010 member Dennis Kramps. During his career at ATCO, Dennis helped build thousands of trailers and kitchens for work camps, served as shop foreman, worked as shipper/receiver, and drove … Read More

Local 2103 and 1325 Family Picnics scheduled for August 12

with No Comments

Local 2103 and Local 1325 Family Picnics set for Sunday, August 12th – Register your family today! Please remember to call us to get on the list – we need exact numbers! Thanks in advance. Register yourself and immediate family … Read More

1 2 3 4 5