Servantage Workers in BC Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract
May 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EST
Workers employed by Servantage Services in British Columbia have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new three-year collective agreement. CAW members at the province's second largest commercial janitorial cleaning company voted 99% in favour of the new contract at a series of meetings held April 25.
CAW Local 3000 represents 475 workers at Servantage, including light and heavy duty cleaners. Many of these workers clean a large number of office towers in downtown Vancouver.
Workers at Servantage will see wage increases of between 2.5% to 4% in each year of the agreement, improved benefits, and an innovative escalator clause tied to any future increases in the provincial minimum wage.
"In addition to the negotiated wage increases, all wage levels at Servantage will rise by a further 60% of the value of any future minimum wage increase," said Jean Van Vliet, CAW Local 3000 President and CAW National Executive Board (NEB) member. "It's disgraceful that there have been no raises to the provincial minimum wage for eight years. Our Union is prepared to take action at the bargaining table if the government won't do the right thing and raise wages for low income earners," she added.
Wages at Servantage now range between $10.18 per hour to $16.95 per hour and benefits are fully paid for by the Company. Many non-union workers in the commercial janitorial sector earn much less and would greatly benefit from this type of union agreement which provides additional increases over and above any minimum wage increase.
"The workers are very happy with this contract" said Paramjit Birak, Chief Shop Steward. "We're inviting all workers in this industry to join the union so that we can continue the fight to raise wages and benefits for janitorial workers" he added.