Become a member in good standing

To fully participate in the union, you must be a member in good standing. Being a member in good standing gives you a say in how your union is run. Only members in good standing can attend and vote at union meetings, run for elected union positions, vote in union elections or serve as delegates to union events.

How it works: your union and you

Unions represent employees whose positions are covered by a collective agreement.

Collective agreements govern employees’ wages, benefits and working conditions.

The union negotiates collective agreements with the employer and represents employees when the collective agreement has been violated.

If you work in a unionized environment, you have to pay union dues. These dues go to the union to support its work. Your employer automatically sends your dues to the union.

The union represents all employees covered by a collective agreement. However, you must become a member in good standing to fully participate in union activities.

Members in good standing determine our union’s actions and priorities. Our union is strengthened by the full participation of all workers.

Becoming a member in good standing

Here’s what you have to do to become a member in good standing:

  1. Complete and sign an application for membership form.  Note: you can now sign the application for membership form electronically using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Email the completed application form to .  If you have a photo with a good headshot you would like to use for your membership card, please email it to us as well, otherwise we can take a photo when you come to the office to pay your initiation fee.
  3. You will also have to pay a $5 initiation fee at the CUPE office, we will be in touch to schedule that and then everything is done.