View answers to commonly asked 'New Membership' questions.
Our employers make a pre-access D&A test mandatory, and our Local supports that decision, because pre-access D&A testing makes the jobsite safer for everyone. Safety for our members is our most important concern. You should also know that if there is a safety-related incident on a jobsite, everyone involved will be required to take another D&A test. All D&A testing of our members conforms to the Canadian Model. You either pass a D&A test, or you fail. There’s no in-between.
The testing company and you know the results. Your employer is only told whether you pass or fail
If you work in the commercial construction sector, you’re paid every two weeks. If you work for our industrial construction employers, you’ll be paid weekly. All members receive vacation pay with each pay cheque.
Membership costs $40. If you have let your membership lapse, and you want to be reinstated, the fee is $100. After your first reinstatement, a future reinstatement must be considered by our Executive Board. In order to use our dispatch system, new members are charged 3 months non-working dues ($105) when they join us.
Usually about 3 months. That can vary with several factors, including the scheduling of the next Heritage Course (orientation and swearing-in) after you decide you want to be a permanent member.
No. Local 488 permits you to defer your final decision about UA membership for up to a year, or to the end of your first dispatch job, whichever comes first.
Yes. But the first time you decide to return to the union, the membership fee will be $100. If you leave and return more than once, our Executive Board must consider whether to accept you back a third time. Frankly, this system is in place because we want members who think of their union as an organization within which they can further their career, not just as a quick-and-easy job-finding mechanism.