FAQs


  1. How do I know if my rights are being violated?
  2. How do I file a grievance?
  3. How do I know what my wages/benefits are?
  4. What do I do if I move?
  5. What do I do if March 15 passes and I have not received a receipt for my union dues?
  6. I have a friend who wants to join a union. What should I do?
  7. How big is my union?
  8. How many weeks vacation am I entitled to?
  9. Do I have dental coverage?
  10. Do I have extended medical coverage?
  11. How are my Union reps chosen?
  12. Who is my Union representative? How do I contact them?
  1. How do I know if my rights are being violated? The best way to know your rights is to read your collective agreement. Your union contract outlines wages, hours of work, overtime pay, benefits, etc. Ask your steward for a contract or download a pdf file of it on the Contracts portion of this website.
  2. How do I file a grievance? The first step is to contact your shop steward. If you don’t know who your shop steward is call the union office (604-408-0746) and ask to speak to the officer responsible for your workplace. Acting quickly when a problem occurs is important because most of our contracts have deadlines after an incident occurs to notify management.
  3. How do I know what my wages/benefits are? Check your collective agreement. Ask your steward for a copy of your union contract or download a pdf file of it on the Contracts portion of this website.
  4. What do I do if I move? Please notify the union office of any change in address or other contact information. Even if you have notified your employer, this information is often not passed along to us. You can telephone (604-408-0746) or email (unifor2000@mediaunion.ca).
  5. What do I do if March 15 passes and I have not received a receipt for my union dues? Call the union office (604-408-0746) to make sure we have your correct contact information. We normally mail out receipts by the end of February. A new receipt may be issued if the original went to a wrong address.
  6. I have a friend who wants to join a union. What should I do? Give your friend the link to our web page (www.mediaunion.ca) where we have information about joining our union or ask them to call the union office. Our president, or another officer, will offer advice and determine if our local or another union is appropriate. We are always interested helping more people enjoy the benefits of union representation.
  7. How big is my union? Our Local currently has about 1,700 members. This number fluctuates depending on economic conditions and organizing of new members. Local 2000 is part of Unifor, the largest (primarily) private sector union in Canada with over 300,000 members. Local 2000 is also a member of various labour councils, of the B.C. Federation of Labour and of the Canadian Labour Congress, which represents over two million workers across the country.
  8. How many weeks vacation am I entitled to? Check you collective agreement. Ask your steward for a copy of your union contract or download a pdf file of it on the Contracts portion of this website. Or call the Union office.
  9. Do I have dental coverage? Most members of Local 2000 do have dental coverage, but you need to check your collective agreement. Ask your steward for a copy of your union contract or download a pdf file of it on the Contracts portion of this website. Or call the Union office.
  10. Do I have extended medical coverage? Most members of Local 2000 do have extended medical coverage, but you need to check your collective agreement. Ask your steward for a copy of your union contract or download a pdf file of it on the Contracts portion of this website. Or call the Union office.
  11. How are my Union reps chosen? The officers of the union, each assigned to represent certain worksites, are elected. The term of each officer is three years. Nominations for open positions are taken at each Annual Congress. If more than one person decides to run for a position, an election is conducted during which every member is entitled to vote. Our Local also has some full-time national representatives, employees of the National Union, assigned to work for us.
  12. Who is my Union representative? How do I contact them? Each worksite has a steward who is the frontline rep of the Union. Ask a co-worker. If you would like to speak to your representative at the union office, call or email.