Unifor welcomes GardaWorld YYC airport workers

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CALGARY–GardaWorld workers at the Calgary airport voted overwhelmingly to join Canada’s largest private sector union late Thursday night.

“We’re thrilled to welcome GardaWorld workers to the Unifor family,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Unifor is committed to improving working conditions and providing skilled representation during bargaining.”

There were 704 GardaWorld security agents who chose Unifor over CLAC in a representation vote held on May 16 to 19, 2022.

“Unifor is a strong union for airline sector workers from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Kellie Scanlan, Unifor’s Director of Organizing. “We look forward to the upcoming set of negotiations. This was about stronger representation, not just at the bargaining table, but also in the workplace from a union that understands the aviation sector.”

Unifor represents thousands of front-line airport workers across multiple job classifications including security, customer service, and baggage services. 

The union currently represents 16,000 members in the air transportation sector and 1,000 security guards in multiple industries across the country, including ASP Security, GardaWorld, Calgary Airport Terminal, WestJet, Canadian North and Securitas.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information or to arrange an interview via Facetime, Zoom or Skype, please contact Unifor National Communications Director Natalie Clancy: Natalie.Clancy@Unifor.org or (416) 707-5794.