C&W Workers in Vancouver Join SEIU

J4J keeps growing! Janitors employed by C&W Services across the Vancouver Lower Mainland have joined SEIU Local 2.

Janitors employed by C&W Services across the Vancouver Lower Mainland have joined SEIU Local 2. They unite with thousands of unionized janitors in British Columbia and prepare to win the same workplace gains in collective bargaining that other cleaners have achieved.

Abdool Rasheed, C&W Services cleaner at the Station Tower worksite in Surrey.
Abdool Rasheed, C&W Services cleaner at the Station Tower worksite in Surrey.

“We are looking forward to having better wages because the way things are now, we are not receiving what we deserve for our hard work,” said Abdool Rasheed, who works with C&W Services at the Station Tower worksite in Surrey.

“This city is extremely expensive to live in and as workers we are constantly feeling pressure to survive with less,” added Rasheed. “When we learned that unionized workers doing the same job we are doing, have better working conditions and benefits, we knew it was time to fight for the same thing here.” 

The five campuses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are among the worksites that joined SEIU.

Natalí Mejía has worked at KPU for 12 years. “By joining the union, I feel protected and supported. The union provides us with good information and is the best way to know the rights that by law we have as workers,” she said. “I hope that once we negotiate our Collective Bargaining Agreement, C&W follows, respects, and complies with it.”

Natalí Mejía - C&W employee at KPU.

C&W Services is an international company operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It’s facilities services division cleans, maintains and manages 600 million of square feet of space for various clients.