Steelworker security officers win big contract gains with Canadian Corps of Commissionaires

    OTTAWA, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser announced Tuesday that 120 security officers employed by
the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at 17 federal government sites have
ratified a contract that gives employees a pension plan and extends benefits
to part-time employees, with the employer picking up 100 per cent of the cost.
    Effective April 1, 2009, all officers will belong to the Steelworker
Trusteed Benefit Plan with premiums fully paid by the employer.
    "USW pioneered the representation of security officers in the early
1990s," said Fraser. "Before that, security officers had no benefits or
pension and earned minimum wage. We have been successful in making family
benefits the norm in this industry.
    "Our objective is to create a level playing field in the security
industry while raising standards so that security can become a career of
    The agreement, which expires March 31, 2010, provides improvements,
including wage increases of about 2.5 per cent in each year of the contract,
vacation pay, seniority protection, fair promotions and contribution to the
Steelworkers Humanity Fund.
    With more than 20,000 members in the security sector, the USW represents
more security officers than any other union in Canada.

    The USW represents more than 280,000 men and women working in every
sector of Canada's economy.

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