- 1) What "jurisdiction" are you in? This is probably the most import thing to be aware of.
2) General information about your jurisdiction.
3) You have to be in the "window" for your jurisdiction.
4) Your employer cannot help you or offer to pay for anything.
5) You have as much right to be union-free as the others guys do to be unionized - feel free to campaign.
6) You have to get the forms for your "jurisdiction". The forms must be filled in as correctly as you can - Labour Boards a fairly forgiving about them but they have to be correct to the best of your knowledge.
7) Make sure you know deliver everything to the right place at the right time. Ontario is the only *really* confusing "process.
How does it look once you're done?
Different companies will look at this process differently and different unions will behave differently. You can however pretty much count on your union being *very* unhappy about the process, obviously.
You have a different problem if your employer will be unhappy about the prospect of you being union-free. Some employers prefer to have a union in their workplace for a bunch of reasons. All you have to know is that if you think your employer and your union are really good buddies, you have what is referred to as a “Two Front War” and a steep hill to climb. It’s not impossible but it is damn hard to do.
We’ll help however we can.
*** NC edited this thread to link to Take Back Your Union on January 6th, 2014 ***