Bargaining rights

Under the Labour Relations Code (the Code) every employee is free to be a member of a trade union and to participate in its lawful activities.

A certification is a formal record issued by the Labour Relations Board that confirms the union is the exclusive bargaining agent for the employee(s). Learn more about how to certify a workplace.

Having a union changes the relationship between employees and their employer. Learn more about what is means to have a union certified at a workplace.

Sometimes the bargaining relationship can change. Learn more about what happens if the employer changes, the union changes, or employees want to change their union representation.

Employees may decide they don’t want to have union representation anymore. The bargaining relationship may have been abandoned by the union or employer. Learn more about ending the bargaining relationship.


This page was last updated: 2021-04-06

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for general purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is subject to the Labour Relations Code, the Labour Relations Board Rules, the Labour Relations Regulation and the published decisions of the Board

The Labour Relations Board acknowledges the traditional territories of the many diverse Indigenous Peoples in the geographic area we serve. With gratitude and respect, we acknowledge that the Board’s office is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.