STEU and CLAC: Same Company Style of Unionization

The Specialty and Temporary Employers Union (STEU) has signed their first voluntary recognition agreement in Alberta. Signing a voluntary recognition agreement means that the employer has chosen the Union they want to represent their employees and has chosen to negotiate a contract with that Union. In this case STEU negotiated a contract for United Protection Services (UPS) security guards without their participation in the negotiation. When STEU conducted a vote on the contract, they forgot one very important point: the majority of security guards in Fort McMurray work 14 or 21 days on and 7 days off.  STEU’s mail in vote only allowed a response time of 14 days in total. Needless to say, the majority of the security guards did not have a chance to vote. 

When UPS guards contacted STEU with questions about the total number of guards who voted, their questions went unanswered. Further, during a visit with security guards in Fort McMurray, STEU representative James Holmes responded to questions by saying that he was new to STEU and didn’t know all the details yet. 

Like STEU, the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), is also avoiding providing concrete answers regarding their union certification vote for workers at the Aramark Kinosis Lodge. The problems CLAC is having at the Kinosis Lodge and STEU is having with UPS are the same, workers do not want their employer choosing their union. If you would like to learn more about company chosen Unions visit and if you have any questions about how to fight back against them please call 1-877gounion (1-877-468-6466).