Report shows janitors at major pension fund properties across Canada are being overworked, underpaid and under protected
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought increased risks to frontline workers who have been keeping society going throughout this pandemic. Janitors working for GDI Integrated Facility Services have been essential in protecting public health and safety and while the public has shown verbal appreciation for the work of cleaners, this has not translated into increases in wages and benefits by their Employer.
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With Covid-19 numbers on the rise, it’s important that the cleaners who continue to risk their own health each day to protect the public are also being protected and fairly compensated.
This year is a bargaining year for GDI workers across British Columbia. Over 400 GDI janitors at multiple worksites across BC will be fighting to win improvements in the renewal of their collective agreement.
Over the summer, GDI janitors filled out bargaining surveys online or during worksite visits. The GDI contract expired on August 31, 2020 and while the union has attempted to get GDI to meet and engage in renewal negotiations, the company is stalling and has not given any bargaining dates until next year! This is unacceptable.
It’s even more outrageous that GDI workers, classified throughout the pandemic as essential, yet working without pandemic pay, are now subject to the corporation’s indifferent and hostile delay strategy. In order to pressure GDI and get earlier dates we need to show that we are serious by voting for a strike mandate.
Yes. Workers who participate in the strike will be paid $400 a week. Strike pay is non-taxable income according to Canada Revenue.
No. It is your legal right to strike in Canada and you are protected by the law. It is illegal for your Employer to retaliate against you in any way.
No, the labour law in BC has anti-scab legislation. This means GDI cannot bring in “scabs” i.e. hire new workers to do your work while you are on strike
IMPORTANT VIRTUAL MEETING FOR ALL GDI MEMBERS
Date: Saturday November 28, 2020
The link and password for the zoom meeting will be sent to your email addresses one day before the meeting.
Online Strike Vote: Following the zoom meeting on Saturday November 28, you will receive another email with a link to cast your vote. Voting polls will be open from Saturday November 28 at 5:00pm PST until Sunday November 29 at midnight (12:00amPST).
If you need a help registering contact an organizer immediately
Deadline for registration is Thursday November 26, 2020
Bee-Clean Janitors Win Paid Sick Days, Health Benefits, and a Wage Boost in their First Collective Agreement
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 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Union surveyed members from May