The BCTGM has organized and bargained high quality
collective agreements for thousands of North American manufacturing, production,
maintenance and sanitation workers in the bakery, confectionery, tobacco and
grain milling industries. We have also organized and bargained first union
contracts for workers in the dairy industry.
For more than 125 years, the BCTGM has fought to improve
the standard of living and quality of life for our members, their families and
all working people in North America. That
tradition has continued in recent years, despite a recession, rising healthcare
costs and staggering unemployment numbers. Organizing is the most important way
to raise the working and living standards of all workers. Union workers earn 30
percent more money than non-union workers, and 44 percent more when including
the total compensation of health and welfare
BCTGM Local Unions have been very successful in
negotiating contracts that have benefited the membership, while allowing
employers to remain competitive. The BCTGM has always believed that bargaining
can be a win-win situation: a well-compensated, healthy workforce equals higher
productivity, less turnover and higher quality. The union advantage is clear.
Organizing more workers will strengthen our union and our contracts, and our
communities with good jobs. United, we are a powerful voice for justice at work.
Together, we can protect the good jobs that workers need to achieve the American
If you have questions about what it means to be a member
of the BCTGM, please contact the Local 24 Union Office at
You have the legal right
under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act to join or support a union
Attend meetings to discuss joining a union.
Read, distribute, and discuss union literature (as long as you do this
in non-work areas during non-work times, such as during breaks or lunch
Wear union buttons, T-shirts, stickers, hats, or other items on the
Sign a union card asking your employer to recognize and bargain with the
Sign petitions or file grievances related to wages, hours, working
conditions, and other job issues . Ask other employees to support the union, to sign union cards or
petitions, or to file grievances.
Protection from Employer
Under Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act, your employer
cannot legally punish or discriminate against any worker because of union
For example, an employer cannot legally do the
Threaten to or actually fire, lay off, discipline, harass, transfer, or
reassign employees because they support the union.
Favor employees who don’t support the union over those who do by
granting special promotions, job assignments, wages, hours, enforcement of
rules, or any other working condition.
Shut down the plant or work site or take away any benefits or privileges
employees already have in order to discourage union
Promise employees a pay increase, promotion, benefit, or special favor
if they oppose the union.
Some employers try to prevent the workers from joining a union. The best
way to encourage your employer to recognize the union and negotiate a fair
contract is to build strong union support at your
If your employer violates the law, the union can help you file “unfair
labor practice” charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The
Labor Board has the power to order an employer to stop interfering with employee
rights, to provide back pay, and to reverse any action taken against workers for
You can help protect your
legal rights by:
Keeping written notes of any incidents in which company officials or
supervisors threaten, harass, or punish workers because of union
Immediately reporting any such incidents to your organizing committee
and the union staff
Your report should include what was said or done, who was involved,
where and when it happened, and the names of any