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All Canadian jurisdictions have labor relations legislation, enacted to promote the practice of collective bargaining between employers and trade unions as representatives of non-managerial employees. Although the construction industry is organized along traditional craft lines, general industry and the provincial public sector are typically organized on the basis of employees who may be in various classifications, but share a community of interest and who work in the same plant, or at least the same municipality, and for the same employer. An employer can have more than one bargaining unit in a single plant. As well, an employer with several plants may have different plants organized by different unions or not organized at all.

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