Attention Securitas Guards

Over the past several months there have been changes both within the company and staff. We would like to welcome all of the new Securitas Guards to Local 401, joining UFCW Local 401 you join thousands of other UFCW 401 Union members which enjoy the following:

·         Better working conditions,

·         Stronger negotiation power and better pay. Negotiated wages and raises spelled out in the contract – not based on favouritism,

·         Scholarship opportunities for you and your family,

·         Increased paid vacation and paid sick days,

·         A dispute procedure to legally protect you against unfair discipline or dismissal,

·         Protection against management harassment,

·         Pension or RRSP benefits,

·         Seniority rights when it comes to schedule, vacation, promotions and job security,

·         Group discounts on home and life insurance, travel, car rental, legal services, cell phones,

·         Respect at the workplace.

As a result of your recent successful vote to unionize, you have the right to have a contract negotiated for you by your Union. 

Months ago the Union met with your Employer in attempts to negotiate a first Union Contract for you. This was a challenging process as the Union had to file a complaint at the Labour Relations Board just to get your Employer to come to the negotiating table in a timely manner. As a result of the complaint that the Union filed, we were able to get several dates to commence negotiations.

In the negotiating process some of your co-workers sit at the negotiating table on your behalf, representing your interests and making sure that your voice is heard by the Employer. Proposals gathered from you and your co-workers represent some of the suggestions for a new Union Contract.

During these negotiations we have been successful in getting through the majority of non-monetary proposals and are now in discussions regarding the monetary items. Monetary items are important issues such as wages and benefits.

We wouldn’t characterize negotiations as being particularly easy to this point; however, the real challenge always begins when we discuss monetary issues.  As the saying goes, “this is where it gets hard!”.

During the last set negotiations, the Employer had already begun painting a bleak financial picture of their operations in Fort McMurray. They insisted that Fort McMurray was not as profitable as they had hoped it would be. We know you work hard and deserve a decent competitive wage that will help you to afford to live and work in the Fort McMurray area. We also believe that if your Employer wishes to remain competitive in their marketplace, they need to pay you accordingly.  

In the Union everyone gets to have their say. We believe in the democratic process, which means that you will get a chance to vote yes or no on any contract offer. 

It’s time to move this process along and we are looking for guards to join the negotiating committee. If you are interested in representing your coworkers and would like to sit on the negotiating committee please contact Union representative Nathalie Doerth at 780-743-4190 or you can email: ndoerth@ufcw401.ab.ca