PRESS RELEASE McMaster Pay Equity
McMaster Pay Equity
In October 2013 The Building Union of Canada was selected by the membership of the Operations and Maintenance Staff at McMaster University to be their representatives. At that time, President Craig Bromell committed to doing whatever was possible to secure their employment and improve their lot in life.
The University threatened lock-out, demanded that the Ministry of Labour conduct a final offer vote and resisted arbitration. The Union and its members persevered and in January of 2015 the first contract arbitration was awarded and secured their jobs with modest pay increases through 2018.
The Union then committed to pursue all legal means to have the cleaning staff treated fairly. In October 2015 the Union filed a complaint with the Pay Equity Commission that alleged that employer had not maintained the existing pay equity plan.
The University initially denied the allegations but ultimately conceded that the Pay Equity Plan required updating. In April 2017 an agreement to update the plan was reached.
The Building Union of Canada is proud to announce that all cleaning and custodian staff will be compensated the same hourly wage. Effective October 8th 2017, all cleaning staff, regardless of job title will be paid identical wages. The result is that all staff will receive pay increases that range between 5.2% and 21% for the remainder of the collective agreement. In addition, all employees will receive a lump sum payment to compensate for the period of time that has transpired since the date of the agreement.
The Custodian position will receive a lump sum payment to compensate for the period which the Union identified as the appropriate period during which the failure to maintain the pay equity plan adversely affected the incumbents.
The Custodial position was grandfathered by the employer in 2010 and this is the first monetary increase that these employees have received in 7 years.
Since The Building Union of Canada took over the representation of employees at McMaster, the casual (part-time cleaner) has received a 39 % increase in their hourly wage rate. First achieving the living wage through arbitration and now receiving equal pay for work of equal value through this agreement.
The Building Union of Canada continues its commitment to ensure the fair and just treatment of its loyal members at McMaster University employed in Facility Services.
For more information contact:
Director of Operations
The Building Union of Canada
7300 Keele St. Suite 100
RBG Security Inc. Employees Choose the BUC
May 11, 2017
Toronto, ON – In a vote conducted by the OLRB on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 the security guards working for RBG Security Inc. voted in favour of the BUC by a margin of over 81%.
These employees were represented by the Teamsters Union Local 847 for the last three years but felt they were not receiving the representation they deserved.
“This is a very special group of people who protect people’s property, valuables and lives but were not receiving any Health Benefits, Pension and proper wages under the Teamsters collective agreement,” says Stephen Bromell, Secretary Treasurer of the Building Union of Canada. “They called the BUC because they knew of our reputation of negotiating proper collective agreements and strong servicing of the people we represent. We are looking forward to a long and productive relationship with RBG Security Inc. and their employees”.
If you feel you are not receiving the representation you deserve from your current union and want to make a change for the better or if you are working non-union and want proper Health Benefits, Pension and Wages, please call either:
Stephen Bromell – 416-708-2325 or,
Alex Bromell – 416-464-2440
THE BUILDING UNION OF CANADA REMINDS US THAT MOST ACCIDENTS AT A JOBSITE (CONSTRUCTION SITE) INVOLVE YOUNG INEXPERIENCED WORKERS DURING THEIR FIRST SIX MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT.
IN FACT, AROUND THE WORLD, A WORKER IS KILLED EVERY 30 SECONDS AND THAT’S WHY ON APRIL 28TH, SPECIAL CEREMONIES WILL BE TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO MARK THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING. IT’S A DAY TO REMEMBER THOSE INJURED OR KILLED AND COMMIT TO A SAFER WORK PLACE. THE BUILDING UNION OF CANADA HONOURS THOSE LIVES.WHSC: Day of Mourning Article
LAKESIDE CRANE SERVICE SIGN COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE BUILDING UNION OF CANADA
Concord, ON – The Building Union of Canada is pleased to announce they have entered into a collective agreement with Lakeside Crane Service. The Agreement is for three years and includes some of the highest wage rates for Hoist Engineers in the Province of Ontario as well as a comprehensive health benefits plan and defined contribution pension plan.
“We are excited to represent the employees of Lakeside Crane Service. The hard-working members provide top quality mobile crane services in all sectors of the construction industry in Ontario. We are also committed to helping this company grow by working with them to stay competitive.”
Stephen Bromell, Secretary Treasurer – BUILDING UNION OF CANADA
THE BUILDING UNION OF CANADA TRAVELS TO GENEVA
President of the BUC Craig Bromell travelled to Geneva for a series of constructive meetings with the leaders of the major unions in Europe.
BUC President Craig Bromell met with BWI (Building and Wood Workers International) General Secretary Ambet Yuson, and with General Secretary Edmundo Werna of the ILO (International Labour Organization). Further meetings were held throughout the week with Sam Hagglund, General Secretary of the EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Woodworkers) and Per Olof Sjoo (President of Building and Woodworkers International).
It was agreed to continue the dialogue and the established pledge of solidarity between the Building Union of Canada and our European friends.
Pictured are BUC President Craig Bromell and BWI (Building and Woodworkers Intl’) General Secretary Ambet Yuson, and in the right picture, Bromell with General Secretary Edmundo Werna of the ILO (International Labour Organization). Geneva, Switzerland.