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Dexterra is a large multi-national janitorial contractor that cleans millions of square feet across British Columbia.
Over the years, contract flips have left thousands of Dexterra workers in precarious positions where they are either losing their jobs or having to re-apply to new contractors with no guarantee that they will be re-hired. In the case that they are re-hired, the new contractor has no obligation to pay the same wage rates and benefits (if any).
Covid-19 has only exacerbated this insecurity where many workers are facing lay off with no rights to recall and severance pay.
This is why Dexterra workers in BC are organizing with SEIU. In June 2021, the workers at Capilano Mall voted to unionize and will begin bargaining for a first collective agreement in the coming months. With more sites organizing and joining the process during bargaining, Dexterra workers across BC stand to win a much stronger collective agreement – just like unionized janitors with other contractors across BC have done.
Whether your worksite is under threat of a contract flip or you and your coworkers are ready to win a collective voice to fight for better wages and benefits, now is the time to win a union at your workplace and we can help get you there!
How do successorship rights protect unionized contracted janitors from contract flips?
- In May 2019, the BC provincial government implemented ‘successorship rights’ to protect contracted workers, such as janitors, during a contract change.
- Successorship rights (Section 35 in the BC Labour Code) only applies to workers at unionized worksites.
- If the cleaning contract changes at a unionized workplace, the new Employer (successor company) must re-hire all the staff, recognize their seniority, union contract and right to collectively bargain.
- On the other hand, non-union janitors must re-apply as probationary employees with no guarantee they will be hired with the same terms and conditions of work as before!
Dexterra Workers Speak Up –
Job Security Now!
“I’ve been working at Capilano Mall with Dexterra for 12 years.” The only increases we ever get are the government minimum wage increases, which we don’t know when it will happen again. That is why we needed to unionize at Capilano Mall. We are essential workers that deserve better pay for the work we do in keeping the public safe.”
- Gerry Langbis
Paid Sick & Personal Days
“I have worked with Dexterra for over 15 years and without any access to paid sick days. This issue was important to me even before the Covid-19 outbreak because this is a right all workers should have whether we face a health pandemic or not. We need paid sick days that are guaranteed in a union contract.”
- Ivan Chung
Overnight Wage Premium
“I work the overnight shift at Capilano Mall with Dexterra. This shift is very difficult on the body in addition to a job that is already quite physical. With our union, we will ask for pay increases collectively and we hope to win an overnight pay premium like other unionized workers have.”
- Allen Gonsaden
“We decided to organize into a union so we can win health benefits for ourselves and our families. Right now, any health benefits that exist with Dexterra are inconsistent, do not include part-time workers and are completely under the control of the Employer. It’s time everyone who needs health benefits has access to them.”
- Carrianne Greyeyes
Power of a Union
“I worked at Dexterra for over 6 years. When the contract was about to flip at Tsawwassen Quay, I risked losing my wage rate and even worse, my job all together. I quickly organized with my co-workers and not only did I protect my job and wage rate, but with SEIU, I was able to collectively bargain a higher wage rate and Employer paid health benefits that were more superior to what I had before.”
- Dorinna Charette
Surrey, BC – Janitors working for Hallmark Housekeeping Services Inc. at Central City Mall & Towers voted 100% in favour of joining SEIU Local 2 last night, ratifying their first Collective Bargaining Agreement that includes health and dental benefits and yearly wage increases.
Burnaby, BC – Over 90 janitors at Metrotown shopping centre joined SEIU Local 2 this week. The janitors, who work for the national janitorial contractor Dexterra, have been successfully organizing over the past six months to win their union.
Vancouver, BC – Janitors at Coquitlam Centre are SEIU Local 2’s newest members in the Lower Mainland that will begin enjoying hard fought union benefits, including yearly wage increases, Employer paid health benefits and paid sick days.
Vancouver, BC – Dexterra janitors at Capilano Mall voted unanimously in favour of joining SEIU Local 2. These workers will be joining thousands of other unionized janitors across British Columbia and Canada in the fight for improved working conditions.