Know Your Rights


Your rights are protected by AMAPCEO. We work to support you in the workplace and ensure that the employer adheres to your Collective Agreement. Your Collective Agreement rights defend you alongside Ontario’s labour laws and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The real strength of our union lies in our membership who keep us informed about issues and events in the workplace.

For AMAPCEO to be effective, it is vital that all members know their rights.

The first step to being informed about your employee rights and the employer's obligations is to read and become familiar with your Collective Agreement. To better understand some of the more important provisions of the Agreement, AMAPCEO also offers a variety of guides and fact sheets to make things simple and easy to understand. Be sure to check out our Resources section.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to defend your rights alone. It takes all of us to ensure that the Collective Agreement is upheld and properly understood. This is why we have more than 180 trained Workplace Representatives and over thirty-five staff members to support you and provide you with additional information and advice. We also invite you to look at the list of ways you can participate in union activity in the workplace.

Here's what Ontario legislation says about your union rights:

Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995

  • Section 5: Every person is free to join a trade union of the person’s own choice and to participate in its lawful activities.
  • Section 70: No employer or employers’ organization and no person acting on behalf of an employer or an employers’ organization shall participate in or interfere with the formation, selection or administration of a trade union or the representation of employees by a trade union or contribute financial or other support to a trade union, but nothing in this section shall be deemed to deprive an employer of the employer’s freedom to express views so long as the employer does not use coercion, intimidation, threats, promises or undue influence.
  • Section 72: No employer, employers’ organization or person acting on behalf of an employer or an employers’ organization,
    1. shall refuse to employ or to continue to employ a person, or discriminate against a person in regard to employment or any term or condition of employment because the person was or is a member of a trade union or was or is exercising any other rights under this Act;
    2. shall impose any condition in a contract of employment or propose the imposition of any condition in a contract of employment that seeks to restrain an employee or a person seeking employment from becoming a member of a trade union or exercising any other rights under this Act; or
    3. shall seek by threat of dismissal, or by any other kind of threat, or by the imposition of a pecuniary or other penalty, or by any other means to compel an employee to become or refrain from becoming or to continue to be or cease to be a member or officer or representative of a trade union or to cease to exercise any other rights under this Act.
  • Section 76: No person, trade union or employers’ organization shall seek by intimidation or coercion to compel any person to become or refrain from becoming or to continue to be or to cease to be a member of a trade union or of an employers’ organization or to refrain from exercising any other rights under this Act or from performing any obligations under this Act.

Your rights in AMAPCEO

In addition to rights that guarantee fairness and equity in the workplace, every member has rights within AMAPCEO.

You have a right to be informed and kept up to date about how AMAPCEO is representing you. 

Information is relayed to members through weekly electronic bulletins and bi-monthly electronic newsletters. Twice a year we mail a hardcopy newsletter to your household. Throughout the year AMAPCEO organizes face-to-face meetings with your Chapter Executive to hear directly from you. During bargaining, to keep members up to date, we also hold regular telephone townhall meetings to increase your access.

Participation is also a right - exercise your vote in our democratic elections. 

Every member can vote to determine who will represent you at a Chapter level. Elections for Chapter Chair and Delegate positions are all done electronically and administered through a third-party provider.

To ensure that AMAPCEO keeps you informed, we need your help!

The only way that AMAPCEO can keep you informed is if you provide up-to-date personal contact information. Be sure to keep us in the loop about any changes by using our easy online form, located in the Profile box on your member homepage.

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