No. NOWU was founded in October of 2009 and has existed over the past 8 years servicing workers across Ontario.
No. Section 86 of the Ontario Labour Relations Act freezes your contract in place. HOOPP is a condition of employment, and has nothing to do with Union affiliation.
Absolutely not. The direction of the membership is within the members hands. It’s ridiculous to assert that people are property and can be sold. We are independent meaning if you are unhappy (or believe you will be happier somewhere else) with NOWU in the future, you have the democratic ability to join any other Union. With a CLC affiliate, you only have the democratic ability to join a few Union’s which are Non-CLC.
Article 4 of the CLC Constitution prevents members in a CLC Union (ex. SEIU, CUPE, Teamsters) from transfering to another CLC Union. It locks you into place with your existing Union. This is where the big unions treat you like property.
Our base Union Dues are just 1.4% per cent and are 100% tax deductible. If you are a NOWU Union Steward, or +60 and still working you pay just 1.0% per cent. No other Union in Canada has this unique dues structure.