More Best Service Pros workers join SEIU

Ratify deal that includes 75-cent wage increase for all workers and makes benefit plan accessible to part-timers.

Best Service Pros workers that clean EA Sports building in Burnaby and the Coastal Bus loops and transit stations across the Lower Mainland overwhelmingly voted yes to ratify a contract on Saturday that saw wage increases of over 4% and improvements to their health and dental benefit plan.

Thoa Nguyen

β€œI joined the union so I can have health benefits for me and my family,” said Thoa Nguyen. Nguyen has been working with Best since 2009 without access to the health benefit plan. β€œWhat’s also very important is that we have protection with a union and a stronger voice to speak up if we are mistreated or our rights are being violated,” she added.

The deal included a 75-cent wage increase for all workers and made the benefit plan accessible to part-time workers, who were excluded under the company plan.

Workers at these sites will be joining hundreds of previously unionized Best Service Pros employees who clean post-secondary campuses and large shopping centres in the BC Interior and across the Lower Mainland, such as Metrotown Mall and BCIT.

β€œWe are very happy about the wage increase we received,” exclaimed Nu Nguyen who has worked for Best since 2012 and was making minimum wage. β€œI won a 4.7% wage increase today and ready to fight for more increases next year that we need to support our families.”

Next Spring, Best Service Pros workers will be re-negotiating a contract with thousands of other janitors across the province, whose contract is set to expire at the same time.

Nu Nguyen
Hoanh Ngoc Le

β€œI’ve been a union member for 18 years and I know a union is good for workers,” explained Hoanh Ngoc Le. β€œI’m happy to have a union with my job at Best because I know that together, we will be able to accomplish more things and better our working situation and lives.”