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Why don't you take a break?
Doesn't the collective agreement provide that you must have a break?
Are you being paid for less hours because you are not being paid for the time you are supposed to be taking a break?
So are you saying that you are being denied the lunch break and the other short break or that they tell you you should have them but you have to work through them or you can't get the work done?
You're obviously entitled to speak to your coworkers after work. But if you are bad mouthing your supervisor or some other employer and this is getting back to the employer you can see why you aren't going to be listened to the way you would like to be.
I suggest you go to the union rep and tell the union that they owe you a duty of fair representation. The reason why they owe you this duty and the reason why duty is so vital is that you cannot legally take on the employer yourself.
I suggest that you go to your union rep, tell the union rep that you understand that the union owes you a duty of fair representation and that if they do not represent you fairly and assist you in this matter you will consider what your legal options are.
Just so you know, your legal option would be to file a complaint with the labour board against union and seek damages from the union.
The collective agreement is what is binding.
Please clarify which two statements you mean?
You don't have blanket representation in other words it depends on what you need representation for. If the union lawyer does not feel that you have any right to grieve or any reason to grieve or that you will lose and it will cost the union too hmuch money they may tell you that they've done all they can for you.
As I said earlier you have a right to do what to do whatever you want outside of the workplace.