Service sector union breaking ground

Toronto and Halifax workers await certification
||Last Updated: 09/17/2007

About 100 security officers working for Commissionaires at an immigration holding centre in Toronto may soon be certified with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The security officers, who the union says do comparable work to that of federal corrections officers, earn less than $13 per hour and have no pension or sick days. A representative of the SEIU also notes concerns with safety issues. The workers “want to be properly trained and equipped” for work in a high-risk environment, said Tom Gallivan.

The union reported that a “convincing majority” of the workers in Toronto and at a satellite office in Niagara Falls had signed union cards. The application for certification was filed September 4 with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).