LiUNA members make more money than non-union workers doing the same jobs. Often a lot more! Collective bargaining is how that happens. We negotiate as a group, not as individuals. We’ve been doing this for over 100 years.
When LiUNA first becomes your union, we compare your wages to those of other LiUNA members in your region who are doing the same type of work as you.
We then address those differences at the bargaining table with your employer.
There is strength in numbers, we all know that. But there is also strength in experience. LiUNA has both.
IT ADDS UP TO A LOT
The difference in wages between LiUNA and non-union workers can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the average working lifetime. That’s on top of the better benefits and higher pensions enjoyed by LiUNA members.
BETTER HEALTH BENEFITS
In communities across Canada, the workers who enjoy the best health care benefits are often the local LiUNA members. It’s not a coincidence, it’s the LiUNA way.
When we sit down to negotiate with your employer, we pay as much attention to your benefits as your wages.
It makes sense. The costs of prescription drugs, eyeglasses, dental care and other health expenses not covered by provincial health care plans are very high, and getting higher every year. LiUNA is a family-oriented union.
The vast majority of our members support spouses and children. They know the value of not having to worry about unexpected health care expenses.
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED
LiUNA benefit plans typically maintain your coverage if you are not able to work because of temporary illness, disability or layoff, so that your family’s health care is not affected.
How does LiUNA give you more security? First, there’s job security. Every union seeks job security for its members but LiUNA is more effective in this than most. Here’s why:
In the construction sector, the more skills and up-to-date experience you have, the greater your security. No other union comes even close to LiUNA’s commitment to giving its members more opportunities through skills training. Every year, LiUNA invests millions of dollars in training programs that are free to members. Employers know that LiUNA-trained workers are the best.
And if you want to move around Canada to find better-paying work in your field, a nation-wide network of LiUNA offices and training centres is there to inform and advise you about local opportunities. You’re part of the family.
In non-construction sectors, where seniority is a factor, LiUNA strongly protects its members’ seniority rights in recalls, promotions, shift choices, vacation time and other areas where seniority matters.
Secondly, there’s income security when you retire – your pension. Let’s face it: Time marches on. You need a pension plan. LiUNA’s multi-billion dollar pension fund is one of the largest and strongest in Canada’s private sector.
And even if there is a pension plan where you work already, chances are near certain that LiUNA’s plan would provide higher benefits at no cost to you.
If you need more security – and who doesn’t? – you need LiUNA. We can definitely help.
THE LABOURERS’ PENSION FUND OF CENTRAL & EASTERN CANADA
We are a Multi-Employer Pension Fund providing benefits for employees working in the construction industry, who are covered by Collective Agreements between employers and Unions, and agreements between employers and the Board of Trustees.
The Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada (LPFCEC) is dedicated to ensuring the security and welfare of our Plan Members and their families. We are committed to providing the highest level of service in administering their pensions. LPFCEC is one of the top 10 managed pension funds in all of Canada with assets in excess of $3 billion.
Visit the Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada here for more information.
LiUNA was founded many years ago by people who worked hard but were all too often discriminated against, not just by employers but also by unions that closed their doors to immigrants, to women, to diversity. Times have changed, because of us.
In LiUNA, every member has equal rights under our Constitution and the collective agreement that covers their workplace. We do not allow exceptions.
We demand that our hardworking members be treated with respect and dignity. We are proud of our heritage as a diverse union of men and women who share the dream of a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
MANY FACES, ONE VOICE
LiUNA members in Canada come from more than 150 countries around the globe and speak dozens of languages. Women are the fastest-growing segment of LiUNA’s diverse membership.