Does my organization meet the definition of a trade union?
If you want your organization to be recognized as a trade union under the Code, you will need to show your organization is viable and:
- one of the purposes of the organization is to regulate relations between employers and employees through collective bargaining,
- there was a founding meeting held to elect temporary officers or officers (e.g. President, Secretary, etc.)
- the organization has adopted a constitution and bylaws through a vote by the members
- it has membership cards that meet the requirements set out in the Regulations
- it has a process for membership dues
- it is local or provincial in nature
- it isn't employer dominated
If any of these criteria are not met, the Board may not recognize your organization as a trade union under the Code and an application for certification may be dismissed.
How does an organization apply to be recognized as a new trade union?
The question of whether an organization is a trade union most often arises in the context of trade union certification. When filing an application for certification, the organization can apply to be recognized as a trade union.
To apply for trade union status, file an application using the Board’s online application process when you file the certification application. You will be asked to provide information about how the union was founded, when founding meetings were held, what was discussed at the first meeting, if any officers were elected, and anything else that sets out how the union was founded.
If the Board recognizes the organization as a trade union, the organization must go through the certification process and meet all its requirements, including showing that it has the support of the employees.
Leading decisions provide useful information on how the Labour Relations Board applies the Labour Relations Code (the Code) and information on what is or is not covered by the Code.