Benefits to Working with a Construction Trade Union

Many construction trade unions have a proud history dating back to the late 1800's. At that time and continuing to this day, the foremost objective is to protect a worker's right to fair and equitable employment.

Strength in Numbers!
  • The construction trade unions in Canada, collectively, have over 400,000 members representing 14 construction trades:
    • Boilermakers
    • Bricklayers
    • Carpenters
    • Electrical Workers
    • Elevator Constructors
    • Insulators
    • Iron Workers
    • Labourers
    • Operating Engineer
    • Operative Plasterers
    • Painters
    • Plumbers & Pipefitters
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Teamsters
  • Registered contractors associations represent over 100,000 contractors in Canada

What do construction trade unions offer you?
  • Collective bargaining agreements negotiated across Canada to ensure:
    • Excellent wages
    • Comprehensive Health and Welfare Benefits
    • Comprehensive Pension Benefits
  • Apprenticeship programs including on the job training and support
  • State of the art training facilities that offer life-long learning at no cost to their members
  • Opportunity to continually upgrade skills and certifications
  • Safe and secure working conditions including "on the jobsite" representation
  • Strong contractual obligations with some of the largest employers in North America
  • Provincial, regional and national political action committees that lobby all levels of government to ensure their members voices are heard
  • Career opportunities and advancement
  • Opportunity for travel
  • Proactive involvement in supporting their communities as well as supporting their members through difficult times