Rand Members Information Sheet
What is a Rand Member?
Rand members are those members who have chosen not to sign a union membership card, but who still pay union dues and are thus entitled to basic union representation and protection.
Why Must I Pay Union Dues?
In 1946, arbitrator Ivan Rand issued an arbitration settlement that ended a 100-day United Auto Workers strike at the Windsor, Ontario Ford Plant. The union and Ford were in negotiations for two years with the union demanding union recognition and a check-off system that would make for an expedient union dues collection process. Having to collect individual dues impeded the union’s ability to operate efficiently and offer protection for its members. With talks breaking down, the union staged a mass walk out of 17,000 employees, marking the beginning of one of the most important strikes in the post-WWII period in Canada. Rand’s decision ended the strike and established the rationale on which union dues are paid today.
The Rationale Behind the Rand Formula
All those who benefit from the collective agreement should pay union dues. The employer is obligated to deduct dues from all employees’ paycheques and forward funds to the union. Otherwise, union officials would have to go from member to member each month for dues, subjecting unnecessary hardship and financial instability on the union.
Without a secure flow of funds, unions could not operate effectively and provide the services to members that both union and Rand members count on for protection.
What Will I Gain By Becoming a Member?
Although even members who haven’t signed a union card are entitled to a great many benefits provided by the union, there are some very important benefits you will gain only by joining.
1. Input Into Contract Negotiations
Under federal jurisdiction, a membership will allow you to participate in ratification votes and thus influence contract negotiations. Furthermore, you can vote on motions and strike votes.
2. Service Plus Plan
The Institute’s members can take advantage of the Service Plus plan, which offers preferential rates on a number of services and programs only available to signed members. Partners of the plan are Delta Hotels, Choice Hotels, The Brick, VIA Rail, Apple, Lasik MD, Rogers, Toshiba, Tip Top Tailors, among others.
3. PIPSC Post-Secondary Scholarship- Legacy Foundation
PIPSC members’ children or the grandchildren of retired members are eligible for scholarships, bursaries, awards and other forms of assistance for students entering their first year of post-secondary education.
4. Involvement in the Institute’s Democratic Process
By signing a union card, you are able to vote in the election of union officials, sit on committees, run for election yourself, or become a union steward.
What Benefits Am I Entitled To As a Rand member?
Rand members are entitled to the same basic rights and protections as other members, which include the following:
1. Competitive Salaries
Professionals deserve professional-level compensation. Negotiating salaries that keep pace with those in the private sector and that recognize the unique demands placed on professionals in the public sector requires skill and expertise. PIPSC has both.
2. Better Benefits
Benefit plans enjoyed by public service professionals compare favourably with those offered elsewhere. Protecting them is a PIPSC priority. And all PIPSC members are automatically enrolled in Service Plus, an additional members’ benefits package that offers preferential rates and savings on lifestyle protection, financial and consumer products and services.
3. Decent Pensions
A long-term commitment to public service should entitle you to a comfortable retirement. Public service professionals receive up to 70% of their former salaries on retirement. PIPSC advocates in many ways to protect your pension benefits, including ensuring that they are adequately indexed.
4. Job Security
The Harper government may have undertaken the largest job cuts in a generation, but PIPSC-negotiated collective agreements, and our own public advocacy, have helped minimize the impact on many of those affected. In fact, PIPSC members in the federal public sector benefit from the best workforce adjustment provisions in Canada, and we ensure that affected members get every benefit to which they are entitled.
5. Pay Equity
PIPSC supported a landmark eight-year pay-equity battle that, on July 3, 2012, resulted in approximately 1,000 health professionals being awarded a milestone $150-million settlement. That’s just one recent example of PIPSC’s commitment to promoting and ensuring pay equity among public service professionals.
6. Collective Bargaining
As the largest union of professionals in Canada, PIPSC has the strength in numbers to give real voice to its members’ concerns and to ensure you keep more of what’s been won in previous bargaining. That can make all the difference during a period of cutbacks. There has never been a more important time to be part of a union that stands up for professionals.
7. Representation When It Counts
Professionals deserve professional treatment. PIPSC provides highly-trained representatives and expert support to handle disputes and grievances that arise in the workplace. Whether it’s issues of harassment, discrimination or human rights violations, PIPSC works to ensure that you and your rights are protected.
From legal opinions on issues specific to individuals and groups to representation on cases that affect all our members, PIPSC knows the law and provides comprehensive defence of our members’ rights. And where the law is lacking, we advocate for legal reforms to protect our members’ interests.
The Institute conducts research on a number of issues that are of relevance to its members and important in advocating for members’ rights. For instance, a firm knowledge of the economic climate in which public sector professionals and all Canadians live and work is essential to effective representation and advocacy.
PIPSC closely monitors economic trends and provides detailed expert analysis of federal budgets and other pivotal government documents. Knowing the truth behind the numbers contributes to better representation at the bargaining table and stronger, evidence-based advocacy elsewhere.
The Institute also polls members on topics that help guide the Institute’s decision making. Recently, the Institute published a report titled “The Big Chill,” uncovering the scale and impact of “muzzling” and political interference among federal scientists since the Harper government introduced communications policies requiring them to seek approval before being interviewed by journalists.
10. Non-partisan Advocacy
Bargaining doesn’t end at the bargaining table, and “non-partisan” doesn’t mean we don’t have opinions to share. Through regular presentations to parliamentary committees, interventions in court cases, and timely media promotion and events we ensure our members’ concerns and voice are heard by government and the public.