Unifor Update - Benefits

A Letter From Jerry Dias, Unifor National President

Greetings GardaWorld YYC workers,

I am excited to hear that the organizing drive at YYC is going really well. I know that there have been some concerns about leaving CLAC and coming to Unifor as it relates to your current benefits.

We want you to breathe easy.

I can assure you that your current health benefits provided by Green Shield will remain in place should GardaWorld workers exercise their right to join Unifor. Full coverage. No interruption.

We are prepared to take on any liability and guarantee your benefits coverage will remain the same as GardaWorld workers seek to transition from CLAC to Unifor.

In short, you don’t have to worry – we have you covered.

We also want you to know that we are a different union than CLAC, as our approach is to strive to bargain your benefits directly in to your collective agreement. This is how we have bargained coverage for our members at Air Canada, NAV Canada, ASP Security and Sunwing. This approach puts the onus on the employer to maintain the coverage levels you bargain. The goal of this approach is to provide further security for members by protecting against future increases in benefit costs.

The improvements to your benefits coverage you seek will be determined by the membership, and we have zero interest in going backwards for any members. We will build from the coverage you have now and work on improvements, as identified by the membership.

With Unifor, you are not just choosing a different union, you are choosing a union that has a long history of successfully bargaining improvements that are determined by members. This includes benefits and all provisions of your collective agreement.

We look forward to standing up for you in these uncertain times

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias

Unifor National President

We organize. We win.

Unifor represents front line airport workers in multiple job categories including security guards, customer service representatives, terminal employees in Calgary and Toronto and baggage service agents. We currently represent 315,000 members from coast to coast to coast, including 16,000 members in the air transportation sector.

Unifor has successfully renegotiated or gained new collective agreements in the aviation industry while our competitors have stayed stagnant.

Some of the workplaces include Air Canada, Canadian North, Airport Terminal Services, Sunwing Airlines Inc., Swissport-Vancouver, Air Terminal Services, Jazz Aviation, Perimeter Airlines and Nasittuq, servicing over 7,180 members.

Those members include pilots, flight attendants, customer sales and service agents, ramp services and passenger service agents, maintenance workers, trade workers, cooks, crew schedulers and admin staff.

Next Steps

If you have not already done so, you can sign your electronic union card below. Signing a union card is an important step towards showing support for Unifor in your workplace. All union cards are confidential. From any touchscreen device, you will be able to sign your card and pay a $5 dollar fee. The fee is a requirement of the federal labour board, not of Unifor. Once completed, you’ll be asked to verify your email address, then the completed card will be sent to your inbox!

Sign a union card here

If you have signed, you can encourage you co-workers to sign by sharing the link below.

To help a co-worker sign a union card, share this link: https://join.unifor.org/gardacard

If they are not prepared to sign just yet, they can sign up to receive more information through our GardaWorld webpage below.

To help a co-worker get more information share this link: https://join.unifor.org/gardaworld

We look forward to connecting soon,

Bruce Fafard //Unifor National Representative // [email protected] // 587-341-0945

Justin Gniposky // Unifor National Representative // [email protected] // 416-275-6389