Stand for Security

A Better Future for Security Officers

About Us

The cost of living keeps rising but wages remain low. Not everyone has medical benefits.  We don’t always have a voice at our workplaces, safety concerns may go unaddressed, and we may not have the proper equipment and training to do our jobs safely.

It’s hard to speak up when you worry about job security and when we are often working alone and isolated from each other.

But there is a solution.

Stand for Security is a campaign that empowers workers to address the issues we all face at work. Forming a Union with SEIU Local 2 provides us a path to come together and collectively make improvements. 

Through our union, we can win strong contracts that ensure we’re paid what we’re worth, and allow us to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Ontario Campaign: Take Action

The provincial government recently announced changes to the process and cost for guards to renew their licenses.* It’s bad news for workers.

Effective February 18, 2024, a criminal record and judicial matters check (CRJMC) from a police service must be submitted when applying for or renewing a licence. Previously, the CRJMC had been included the in the application process and cost.

This is a significant change made by the Ford government.  Not only will the process now be more cumbersome, but it also raises the cost to workers – in some cases making it twice as expensive. It will cost security guards an additional $41 to $87 to get their license, depending which police force performs the CRJMC.

In addition to increasing the costs for workers in an underpaid sector, the new process could also lead to licenses expiring for guards while they wait for CRJMC to be completed. Wait times vary depending on the police forces and can take 7 to 25 business days.

The Ford Conservatives should reverse this decision immediately and ensure the CRJMC is included in the application process.

* For more information on the Ford government’s changes visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/security-guard-or-private-investigator-licence-individuals

I don’t think its fair for Doug Ford to be making security professionals like me pay what is basically a money grab. For years we’ve paid money to be licensed and that cost covered our police checks. Now in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis for working people the Premier is offloading more costs onto working people. I guess this is the sort of thanks workers can expect from the government for showing up through out the pandemic.”

Jason Sylvestre
SEIU Local 2 Member & Security Guard in Windsor, ON

Sign the Petition

We call upon the conservative Ford Government in Ontario to immediately reverse its decision to require security guard license applicants to submit their own criminal record and judicial matters check (CRJMC).  The CRJMC should continue to be included in the application cost and carried out by the province. 

The additional costs and steps in the process is not only a financial burden for workers in an underpaid sector, but it could also lead to licenses expiring for guards while they wait for CRJMC to be completed.

Add your name to our petition

Contact your MPP

Ready to take the next step? Contact your member of provincial parliament. 

https://www.ola.org/en/members/current 

Member Voices

We just ratified our first contract. The biggest thing for us was making wage improvements and we accomplished that. We’re getting increases of 18% over the life of the 2.5-year agreement. We also won signing bonuses of $400 and $800 depending on your classification.”

—Curtis Dauphney
Casino Nova Scotia – Cape Breton
Sydney, NS

“A union contract means our jobs are more protected and we have a collective voice. I urge other Security guards to join us. Together, we can make a real difference.

—Pawan Jeet Kaur
City of Lougheed Shopping Centre
Guardteck Security Corp
Burnaby, BC

We’re in a good situation with health and safety at work. I think in non-union companies, workers don’t have the same kind of safety equipment we have – the radios, the vests, etc. With a union, we can make sure we get the best equipment possible.”

—John Sherwood
St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, ON

Stepping up and organizing our union has given us the ability to win strong wage increases that keep us above inflation.”

—Allison Easey
City of Lougheed Shopping Centre
Guardteck Security Corp
Burnaby, BC

I am very happy that we are getting a $2 increase with our Union contract.  It’s really helpful for me and my family given how expensive everything has gotten.”

–Lovepreet Singh Maan
City of Lougheed Shopping Centre
Guardteck Security Corp
Burnaby, BC

Medical costs are really high and getting an employer paid medical benefits plan is going be help me a lot. The best thing is I don’t have to pay a dime on premiums.”

–Amanjot Kaur
City of Lougheed Shopping Centre
Guardteck Security Corp
Burnaby, BC

The Union Advantage

Learn more about the difference being a member of a Union can make, what we can accomplish together, and what it takes to win.

Become a Steward

Having a strong steward corps is a key to any strong union.

“We need to continue strengthening our stewards corps. This is how we build our team and learn about our rights, enabling us to represent workers, and effectively respond to issues at the workplace.”

Michael Alvarado
Toronto Western Hospital
Toronto, ON

Role of a Steward

To assist co-workers understand and defend their rights at the workplace. Occasionally this will mean being present at disciplinary meetings.

To be a liaison with the Union representative. Keep the union rep informed about important workplace issues and pass along important information from rep to other workers.

Steward Training

Get a deeper understanding of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Become more comfortable in filling out an official grievance form on behalf of
co-workers.

  • Get a better understanding of what constitutes a grievance.
  • Feel more comfortable in how to get the specific details and facts about a grievance.
  • Feel more confident in your ability to answer co-workers’ questions.
  • Feel more comfortable in providing support for members.
  • Feel more confident in your role as a steward.

Have questions? Contact your Union rep.

FAQ

Does a union provide us job security? What legal protections do we have during our union drive? What are union dues? 

The answers to these and other questions can be found in our FAQ section.

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