GDI Integrated Facilities is a billion-dollar janitorial contractor. Despite overall profits increasing this year during a pandemic, GDI also received nearly 30 million dollars in taxpayer subsidies under the Canada emergency wage subsidy program (CEWS).
Despite overall profits increasing during the pandemic, GDI received nearly 30 million dollars in taxpayer subsidies this year. SEIU Local 2 member Annette Reyes, who works for GDI was laid off at the beginning of the pandemic and rehired ‘temporarily’ in September spoke to the CBC this week.
Now backed by SEIU Local 2’s entire 20,000 strong membership, janitors at the Uptown Mall are now going to bargain for their first union contract. While wages are an important concern, the janitors have several priorities.