Frequently Asked Questions



There's a certification process to unionize a workplace, but the first step is to contact our office. From there we can discuss your situation and present the options available to you. Joining a union is a right guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We believe a unionized workforce benefits both employees and employers creating a safe and productive work environment. Contact the NBU office by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone at (506) 444-7036 or 1-844-815-2707.


What is a Union?

A Union brings together workers to improve conditions at their workplace. These workplace improvements are achieved through the process of collective bargaining, which concludes with a legally binding Collective Agreement, signed by the Union and the Employer to provide you with:

  • Collectively negotiated wages and benefits
  • Job Security
  • Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Opportunities for advancement—professional development
  • Defined Hours of work
  • Negotiated paid and unpaid leave benefits

How can I become involved in my union?


A democratic Union, like any democratic institution, works best when people get involved. Your democratic rights protect you only if you use them. Whenever possible, attend Union meetings in your workplace and take the opportunity to serve as a representative on your local executive or as a conference delegate.


Stand behind your fellow brothers and sisters in the Union, whether the issues are local or provincial. Show enthusiasm and encourage those you elect to office. Our unity is what gives your leaders strength.


Keep up to date about how your Union works and what it is doing. Stay abreast of bargaining issues and concerns in your own workplace.

Where do my dues go?

New Brunswick Union dues are 1% of earnings, the lowest in the industry, and they are tax deductible. Union dues are set by delegates at NBU’s biennial convention. Your dues come right back to you in a range of services and benefits available to all members including:

  • Contract Negotiations
  • Grievance Handling
  • Member Representation
  • Legal and Research Services
  • Member and Public Education Programs
  • Member Participation in Union Meetings
  • Political Action Campaigns
  • Day-to-Day Operations
  • Union Administration