Hamilton and Ottawa, Ont. – June 18, 2019 – Commissionaires security guards working at federal government buildings in Hamilton and Ottawa are the newest members of UFCW Canada Local 333 after voting to join the union. The security guards work for local branches of Commissionaires Canada, a non-profit security firm founded in 1925.
“Originally established as a proud employer of veterans, Commissionaires Canada has recently lost its way, becoming a low-ball security firm that provides minimum-wage jobs often without benefits,” says Jeff Ketelaars, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 333. “That is why Commissionaires in Hamilton and Ottawa have voted to join UFCW 333.”
“Now that they have joined UFCW, our brothers and sisters in Hamilton and Ottawa are committed to unifying and holding their employer to account,” Ketelaars adds. “The veterans who fought for their country are now fighting for their rights at work.”
In addition to the successful organizing drives in Hamilton and Ottawa, UFCW Local 333 has filed two other applications to represent Commissionaires security guards elsewhere in the National Capital Region.
“In the Ontario security business, unionized companies provide excellent benefits, paid sick days, and living wages. That’s the union advantage, and it is what we will be demanding for the new members in Hamilton and Ottawa as well as other security guards interesting in joining UFCW 333,” says Ketelaars.
“I would like to congratulate and welcome the new members at Commissionaires Hamilton and Commissionaires Ottawa, who fought a courageous battle to join the union,” says Richard McNaughton, President of UFCW Canada Local 333. “We look forward to securing significant improvements for the Commissionaires workers when negotiations begin,” Brother McNaughton adds.
UFCW Canada Local 333 is Ontario’s union for security guards, representing thousands of workers in the security industry. To learn more about UFCW Local 333, visit ufcw333.ca.
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