Sign Up as a Member
If you're in an AMAPCEO position, your union will represent you no matter what.
While membership dues are deducted by your employer from your pay, you are not automatically a signed member of AMAPCEO. Under our Constitution, we distinguish between being a member of your bargaining unit (which is compulsory—see our note on the Rand Formula below), and active, signed membership in our union, which is voluntary.
Signed members have the opportunity to vote in elections, serve as a representative, run for a leadership position, or participate in union training. You can even save big through discounts on products and services through our affinity program ServicePlus.
AMAPCEO is pleased to provide three kinds of memberships. In addition to representing professionals who have a home position in an AMAPCEO bargaining unit, we also offer Associate and Retiree memberships. Find out more about each of these below.
Five reasons to sign an AMAPCEO Membership Form
Only members have the privilege to vote in AMAPCEO elections or run for a leadership position. If you don’t become a member, it’s like paying taxes and not registering to vote for your elected officials.
The password-protected members’ area on our website has additional information, including details about your Collective Agreement, upcoming events, District news and bargaining updates. This is an important secure area tailored just for you. There are times when it doesn’t make sense to share certain information about negotiations with the employer and/or general public. Don't miss out on updates.
Electronic newsletters and updates are only sent to members who provide their personal contact information. Work emails are not used.
For every 50 signed members, a District is entitled to send one delegate to AMAPCEO’s Annual Delegates’ Conference; this is the highest decision-making body.
Only signed AMAPCEO members can take advantage of ServicePlus, which offers preferential rates and savings on a range of consumer products, services and insurance.
ServicePlus partners include: VIA Rail, Apple, Delta Hotels, AVIS, Rogers and Mark’s Work Wearhouse, to name a few.
Only members can hold a volunteer position, a Committee role or become trained as a Workplace Representative or Health and Safety Rep.
A note on the Rand Formula: Why you must (and should) pay dues
The requirement that all bargaining unit employees pay dues is based on the Rand Formula, so named for the Supreme Court Justice Ivan Rand, who issued an historic arbitration award in 1946 that has set the framework for collective bargaining in Ontario ever since. At that time, Judge Rand wrote:
I consider it entirely equitable that all employees should be required to shoulder their portion of the burden of the expense of administering the law of their employment: the union contract. They must take the burden along with the benefit.
The Rand rationale is not unlike the argument that all citizens must pay taxes, regardless of their personal convictions about the role or legitimacy of government or about which political party happens to be in office at any given time. The Rand Formula was adopted as part of our Voluntary Recognition Agreement that was negotiated with the OPS Employer in March 1995, making it possible for AMAPCEO to begin paying our lawyers, hiring staff, leasing office space and providing a broad range of representational services to members. If you are a signed member in good standing interested in learning how AMAPCEO spends your dues, you can find the annual operating budget and related information in the Delegates' section of the website, after logging in to your Homepage.