Vancouver, BC – Janitors working for Bee-Cleaning Building Maintenance at two worksites won their union with SEIU Local 2 this month.

Janitors in BC win significant wage increases and benefits in contract renewals
GDI Bargaining Committee Members (left to right): Hermie Crncic, Conception Hipona and Harpreet Phagura

Vancouver, BC - Janitors working for GDI Integrated Facilities, Alpine Building Maintenance and Hallmark Facility Services ratified their new collective agreements just in time for the holiday season.

GDI Integrated Facilities is a billion-dollar janitorial contractor. Despite overall profits increasing this year during a pandemic, GDI also received nearly 30 million dollars in taxpayer subsidies under the Canada emergency wage subsidy program (CEWS).

Despite overall profits increasing during the pandemic, GDI received nearly 30 million dollars in taxpayer subsidies this year. SEIU Local 2 member Annette Reyes, who works for GDI was laid off at the beginning of the pandemic and rehired ‘temporarily’ in September spoke to the CBC this week.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Bee-Clean Building Maintenance janitors in British Columbia voted to ratify their first collective agreement on Monday, November 2nd.

"We must always stand up for ourselves as a union. This contract is a great step in the right direction for all of us."

SEIU Local 2 surveyed its members working in the janitorial sector to understand worker issues…

“This really gives me peace of mind. It feels great to have sick days, better pay and some retirement security.”

“I think with many other front line workers, this pandemic has really shone a light on how vitally important some of our most underpaid and undervalued working people are”