Frontline Janitors at Vancouver International Airport are organizing a union with SEIU to win much needed job security, protections and bargaining power at work.
Workers are learning that the only way to ensure Alpine Building Maintenance re-hires everyone is by forming a union at YVR before the contract change on October 1. Winning a union will guarantee workers will be protected under successorship legislation in the BC Labour Code, (Section 35 2.2).
Workers are not waiting to see if the new contractor will rehire them, but are instead organizing now to take the power back, and have the security and peace of mind that their jobs will be protected, and they won’t have to start as probationary employees.
Workers speak up about job security during contract changes
“I worked for Dexterra at Tsawwassen Mills mall and suddenly there was a contract flip. We chose to unionize, so that the new company [Alpine] would have to rehire us. Now our jobs are legally protected no matter how many times the company changes.”
– Lourdes Rumbaoa, Current Alpine Unionized Worker
“I worked with Dexterra for 3 years and felt very nervous when I heard the contract would change as we had no guarantees about anything. We unionized with SEIU and the new company [Alpine] had to recognize my seniority and years of service.”
– Stanley Maranion, Current Alpine Unionized Worker
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Talk to your co-workers or contact an organizer today!
What are successorship rights?
- 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.
You don’t pay dues until you negotiate and vote on your union contract. Union dues are 2% of your gross wages (20 cents for every $10 you make). Dues are also tax deductible and will appear on your T4 each year.
Workers have the ultimate decision whether to form a union, not your direct Employer or the Airport Authority. Thousands of workers at YVR are already unionized and the Vancouver Airport Authority deals with multiple unions at YVR on a daily basis.
Voting is what guarantees you will have your union and be able to negotiate better working conditions with your Employer. Signing a union card is the first of two steps needed to form a union. The second and most important step is voting yes for your union!
If you did not provide your email on the card you signed, please update the email address here (the same email you provided to Dexterra):
How does the process work?
Workers sign union cards
When a strong majority are signed up, the cards are filed at the BC Labour Relations Board
The Labour Board orders a vote within 5 business days (the vote is conducted by email during Covid)
50% + 1 of workers vote YES in favour of the union
Bargain your union contract
Letter from YVR Committee
The YVR Unions Committee is a group of unions that come together to discuss common issues at YVR and ways to make YVR a better place to work for all workers. Upon learning that janitors are organizing a union with SEIU Local 2, the committee endorsed a solidarity letter for the janitors that you can read here.