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GardaWorld’s highly trained airport security personnel provide passenger screening services as well as security for all vulnerable areas. Since 9/11 the world of airport security has completely changed and continues to evolve rapidly. GardaWorld has become a leader in airport security by being able to rapidly adapt to change and by investing heavily in constant training for its personnel.


Collective Agreements:

October 2018 - March 2022


Workplace representatives:
Chief Steward:     Amanpreet Mann

Stewards: 
      AM shift:      
                          Steven Williams
                          Andrew Westmoreland (Deputy Steward)

    PM Shift:         
                           Ali Akbar-Kumal

    Night Shift:      <vacant> Nomination closes November 12, 2020 - see form and duties below

OH&S Representatives:
    Alex Phommavong
    Kristin Haswell

Steward Information:




NPS-V Shift Bidding – COVID-19 Letter of Understanding

posted Nov 2, 2020, 11:32 AM by Recording Secretary

Hello GardaWorld Members of Unifor Local 1-S,

There appears to still be some concerns and misunderstandings about the LOU for NPS-V Shift Bidding – COVID-19 within the workplace.
This LOU was drafted through negotiations between Unifor and GardaWorld in response to a lack of training issue created by the 3rd party group CATSA in response to a global pandemic.  This is an unprecedented situation for all of us and the world in this day and age.

GardaWorld has a contractual obligation to provide security services with trained and certified personal running the various security lines.  A shift bid process is used to fill the various lines with qualified employees.

As you know CATSA has postponed all training because of the pandemic.  There has also been a reduction in the number of flights because of the pandemic and this has affected the shift lengths.  Many discussions were held with GardaWorld, shop stewards, your Local Vice-President and additional consultations with the President, from the end of August to around mid October to find solutions to the problem of ensuring qualified employees were working on the lines.  We had a shift bid and it failed so we scheduled another meeting with the Company and stewards where we agreed to go back to what the schedule was before the shift bid. Then the days off were not working as people were working 6 days in a row.  The Company then changed to static days off to try tofix the problem. This didn’t work because people didn’t like the days off.

We needed a solution to cover the lines of business as no matter what we did, not everyone was happy. We decided to negotiate the LOU after consultation with our National Rep, during which we determined it was fair to do most senior volunteer junior forced to cover the lines of business and to ensure our members fulfilled GardaWorld’s contract with CATSA to maintain employment of our membership.
In a Union environment the hierarchy of the Union is used to communicate to you, the members.  Shop stewards are the ones who pass information and answer questions to ensure clarification.  There was involvement with shop stewards, Vice-President, President and National Rep and many discussions regarding these shift bid issues with NPS-V.  These decisions were not made in a bubble as some would suggest.
The LOU which was agreed to laid out the terms and conditions under which GardaWorld could move the junior qualified individual to NPS-V if required due to unfilled shift bid lines.  There is a sunset clause which expires the LOU on December 31, 2020.  The LOU is signed without prejudice or precedent.

The only time a vote must occur on an LOU is when it changes the Terms and Conditions of employment.  This LOU does not change Terms and Conditions of employment.  

As you know, the shift hours have changed back to normal prior to the recent shift bid.  As a result, all NPS-V lines were filled and GardaWorld did not have to force any junior employees using the LOU. 
There are members who are suggesting that Unifor is just taking union dues and doing nothing.  Quite frankly this is false.  Gardaworld membership is roughly 90 members out of 2000.  Since joining Unifor, the membership has essentially had access to a full-time Vice President on a continuous basis.  We have worked on and resolved multiple workplace issues, including the cleaning house of bad management.  We have resolved numerous grievances.  We have resolved human rights issues.  We continue to fight the vacation bank grievance.  The costs of these services provided to date far outweigh the dues received.  This is OK, as Unifor is about helping everyone regardless of the cost.  This is what a good union does.

There are also suggestions that Unifor is only interested in supporting the Company and not the members.  Again, this is false information.  As a Union our job is to work through labour relations issues with the employer and negotiate when necessary.  Our job is to ensure your Collective Agreement, Human Rights and Labour Code is upheld and additionally work through workplace issues on a regular basis.  This is what we do.  In this situation, if GardaWorld is not able to meet their contractual obligations they risk losing the contract to a competitor security company and this puts all your jobs in jeopardy.  We fight to ensure you remain employed, and for this to happen the Company must remain successful.

It appears there have been some breakdowns in the communications through the steward network and some misinformation passed throughout the membership.  This is unfortunate and I’m sorry to hear this.  I hope this information helps clarify the misinformation which is floating around.

In solidarity

Dave Kuntz
President Unifor Local 1-S

Letter of Understanding for Out of Town Work

posted Dec 5, 2018, 8:15 AM by Recording Secretary   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 8:18 AM ]

A Letter of Understanding has been drafted in regards to members who volunteer to work in another location.  This Letter requires a ratification of at least 50% of the members who vote before taking effect.  

Meetings have been scheduled for a presentation and the voting on Monday December 20, 2018.  Please see the document below for details on locations and times of voting.

Nominations for Night Shift Steward

posted Dec 5, 2018, 7:19 AM by Recording Secretary   [ updated Feb 17, 2019, 5:53 PM ]

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Steward position on the Night Shift.  Nominees must work the majority of their hours between 20:00 and 03:59.

This position will be elected by the members of a specific workgroup, shift or department.  They are the first point of contact for members on the shop floor.  Some of the responsibilities include member engagement and communications with members, working with management to resolve work place issues prior to grievances, welcoming new members, and presenting grievances.

All nomination forms must be received by December 18, 2018 at 12:30pm either via Email, Canada Post or Fax.  Nominee and Nominator information must be filled out and signatures are required.   Please acknowledge the affirmations on the form.  Incomplete forms will be considered invalid and not accepted.

Congratulations Jessica Chan on being acclaimed as Steward for the night shift.

Contract Ratification Update

posted Oct 2, 2018, 6:24 AM by Recording Secretary

Ratification meetings and voting was held on September 30 and October 1 of 2018 for the Tentative Agreement.

Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce the Tentative Agreement has been ratified by the membership.

The contract will take effect October 2, 2018.

Thank you to Steve Williams, Jessica Chan and Andrew Melvin for their hard work as your bargaining committee members.

In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

GardaWorld - Local 1-S Representative Elections

posted May 27, 2018, 12:24 PM by Recording Secretary   [ updated May 27, 2018, 12:33 PM ]

Welcome to Unifor Local 1-S.  One of the tasks we must complete to ensure proper representation and servicing of the union members of GardaWorld is to elect members to various positions.

We will begin the process of electing Shop Stewards, Chief Shop Steward and OH& Committee Members as follows:

Shop Steward – 3 Positions (1 per shift AM/PM/N)

The Shop Steward is a Union representative elected by the members of a specific workgroup, shift or department.  They are the first point of contact for members on the shop floor.  Some of the responsibilities include member engagement and communications with members, working with management to resolve work place issues prior to grievances, welcoming new members, and presenting grievances.

The majority of the hours worked must be within the shift window assigned to the position.  If not, the position will have to be forfeited.


Chief Shop Steward – 1 Position
The Chief Shop Steward is a Union representative elected by the members of the workplace.  They are the next level in hierarchy above the Shop Steward.  They provide more advanced support to Shop Stewards and members.  They work with management on labour relations issues and participate in all grievances in the workplace.  They are the liaison to the Local Executive Board with a seat on the board.  They attend monthly meetings of the executive board and report back to members and Shop Stewards as required.


Occupational Health and Safety Representative – 2 Positions
An occupational health and safety representative is part of an advisory group made up of representatives from management and workers. The committee provides a forum for communication between the employer and the workers to address health and safety concerns in the workplace.  The representatives work to reduce workplace accidents and injuries, by identifying and evaluating concerns, making recommendations for corrective action and promoting health and safety in the workplace. 
Any union member of the work location is eligible to nominate someone for a position.

OH&S Representative Form

Nominations open May 25, 2018 and close at midnight on June 7, 2018.  

All nomination forms must be received prior to this time either via Email, Canada Post or Fax.  Nominee and Nominator information must be filled out and signatures are required.  For Shop Stewards please indicate the specific shift.  Please acknowledge the affirmations on the form.  Incomplete forms will be considered invalid and not accepted.

Elections will be held June 11, 2018 to accommodate all shifts.  There is no proxy voting.  
RAA Main floor meeting room by oversize baggage area
June 11, 2018
10:00 to 13:00
20:00 to 23:00

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