- Workers contact the union and meet with a union organizer.
- Workers sign cards applying for membership in the union, and authorizing the union to represent them in negotiations with their employer. New Brunswick labour law requires CUPE to collect $1 from each worker when they sign a membership card.
- If between 40 per cent and 60 per cent of the workers sign membership cards, the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board (NBLEB) may hold a vote to see if workers want a union.
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- The NBLEB holds a secret ballot vote. Anyone who is in the bargaining unit the union applied to represent can vote. If the majority of workers who cast ballots vote to unionize, the union is certified.
- The union will serve notice to your employer to begin bargaining your first contract.
The NBLEB keeps information on those who signed union cards confidential. Employers never get to see the cards.
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