(Valid for the 2014-2019 Collective Agreement)
Labour Rights Framework
Your rights as a worker in Canada come from several sources:
- Federal law – from the Parliament of Canada
- Provincial law – e.g. of British Columbia, if you are working there
- In the case of unionized workers, a contract in the form of a Collective Agreement negotiated between the workers and the employer
All workers in Canada, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, have protection under this framework.
Key pieces of the framework include:
- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- BC Human Rights Code
- BC Labour Relations Code
- BC Employment Standards Act
- BC Workers’ Compensation Act
This page will explain these five documents.
Remember, if you’re a member of our union, the Collective Agreement between SFU and TSSU applies as well.
A collective agreement (CA) is a binding document mutually agreed between members of a union and the representatives of the employer. It can outline items such as wages, vacation, benefits, how to file a grievance, etc. In most cases if legislation is better in a certain regard than the CA, then the legislation applies; however, there are a few exceptions around hours of work, holiday pay, etc.
Please contact TSSU if you have questions about anything here or relating to the Collective Agreement.
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
BC Human Rights Code
BC Labour Relations Code
BC Employment Standards Act
BC Workers Compensation Act
If you are denied any rights or benefits that you are legally entitled to as a TSSU member, please contact the Union.
All discussions are private and confidential, and the TSSU will only pursue action on your behalf after having received your express permission.
In the event that you do choose to file a formal grievance or complaint, you have the right to Union representation.