Representation by CUPE vs. Non-unionized employee groups

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CUPE Non-unionized employee groups
Has collective bargaining rights protected by legislation (Canada Labour Code) YES NO
Can, through legislation, compel the employer to bargain YES NO
Covered by provisions to assist with achieving a first collective agreement YES NO
Bargains collective agreements that are enforceable and binding YES NO
Employer cannot unilaterally change the terms and conditions of a collective agreement – must have the agreement of the Union YES NO
Accountable to its members YES NO
Members approve the bargaining proposals before the bargaining committee starts bargaining YES NO
Bargaining committee reports back to members on regular basis YES NO
Members approve the collective agreement YES NO
Has an enforceable dispute resolution process with timelines and the ability to refer to an independent arbitrator (grievance procedure) YES NO
Has decades of experience negotiating collective agreements for flight attendants in Canada YES NO
Has the resources and expertise to meet the employer on a level playing field when negotiating a collective agreement YES NO
Dependent on the employer to provide resources for bargaining (and general operations) NO YES

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