– July 14, 2013
Um, actually the union has done much for terms. It used to be that terms were hired for a specific term no longer than 6 months and had to sign a new agreement upon expiry at the employer's discretion. They had no benefits, vacation pay, severance or seniority rights. Over the years CUPW fought, despite the fact that they disagree with terms on principle, to get terms uniforms, 4% of pay in lieu of benefits, 6% vacation pay, permanent employee status (no more term contracts) and seniority bidding rights on assignments. You are right it is a tough place to work right now, but if you invest a little time, not just your money, in the union perhaps it will get better. Though you are talking about an employer who doesn't even see the need for fire pull stations in their new buildings.