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QUESTIONS + ANSWERS THAT YOU DESERVE TO HAVE

 

Why does foodora prefer not to have a union?

It’s the courier’s right to freely make the decision to join - or not join - a union. foodora has no intention of interfering with their right to choose. We prefer to deal directly with our riders – each of whom have different interests and concerns – than through a third party who does not share the same interests and concerns that the couriers do. 

How does a union certification take place?

If more than 40% of employees in a particular group sign a union card, a secret ballot vote supervised by the Ontario Labour Relations Board would be held. The particular group or area must be agreed between the Company and the union or determined by the Ontario Labour Relations Board. If a secret ballot vote is held, the Ontario Labour Relations Board could certify a union as the exclusive bargaining agent for that group or area if more than 50% of those people who voted were in favour. To illustrate, if only 10 individuals voted, a majority of 6 would decide this very important issue for everyone. 

If I signed a union card, do I have to vote yes?

NO. It is still your right to vote any way you wish. You can vote NO. 

Am I eligible to vote even if I did not sign a union card?

Even if you did not sign a union card, you are still eligible to vote unless you’ve been excluded from the proposed bargaining unit by the Ministry of Labour.

If a union is certified and an employee doesn’t want to be a member, can they stay out of it?

No. If the union is certified, it has a right to represent everyone in the bargaining unit, whether they voted in favour of the union or not. Everyone needs to know that if a union is certified, everyone is affected. 

How much would it cost me to join a union and how are the dues used?

The union could cost you hundreds of dollars per year - this expense is on YOU as an individual. Annual union dues are mandatory and at 2% of your wages, could range from $350 (average rider) to $1,100 (top earners) per year. The more you earn, the more union dues you pay. On top of union dues, CUPW can also charge you initiation fees, fines and assessments (additional fees for union fundraising activities).

Does everyone have to pay dues if the union gets in?

Yes. If a union is certified, everyone within the bargaining unit must pay union dues whether they voted in favour of the union or not. When requested by the union, foodora will be obligated by law to collect dues on behalf of the union from your payroll. The only thing that is guaranteed from unionization – it will cost you money off your earnings.

What obligations are placed on union members?

Union membership is similar to singing a contract. Each member is legally bound by the Union’s constitution and bylaws. The constitution and bylaws include procedures where the union can fine or discipline members for failing to comply with their rules. You should ask a union representative to explain their constitution and bylaws or request a copy. 

Would I have to go on strike if the union tells me to?

The union would have to conduct a secret ballot vote prior to a strike commencing. If the majority of employees voted for a strike, you would have to decide if you support the work stoppage or would like to cross a picket-line of your fellow couriers. However, the reality is that very few people, if any, make the decision to cross the picket line. Therefore, even though you may not agree with the union, you could lose your earnings if there was a strike.

 

If the union gets in, will we receive the same wages and benefits as in other CUPW contracts?

It’s important to know that all terms and conditions have to be negotiated, so your existing earnings would get better, stay the same, or get worse. There is no guarantee that what you had in place will be negotiated in a Collective Agreement unless foodora agrees.

Isn’t having a union the best way to guarantee my job security?

Having a union or Collective Agreement does not guarantee job security. That comes from an efficient operation and depends on all of us. Having a union does not mean that employees have guaranteed jobs – the union simply cannot make that promise to you.