YYC Security Guards Win Union

July 25, 2019 – Calgary, AB. Security Guards at the Calgary International Airport are the latest to successfully join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 401. Throughout a lengthy organizing effort, employees of Ontario-based ASP Security Services remained steadfast in their resolve. The result: UFCW Local 401 is now certified as their union.

“We are very proud of the commitment these guards have shown,” said UFCW Local 401 Director, Chris O’Halloran. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Local 401 family and excited to help them in achieving a first collective agreement that recognizes their tremendous effort and courage.”

With union certification granted by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), UFCW Local 401 will soon hold proposal meetings, select a bargaining committee comprised of ASP employees, and give notice to the employer to start negotiating a union contract. These negotiations will affect more than 120 security guards at the Calgary airport.

“These guards provide an important service keeping travellers safe,” said UFCW Local 401 organizer, Saba Mossagizi. “Now they can count on the 32,000 members of UFCW Local 401 to stand with them as they seek better job protections and guarantees against favoritism and intimidation.”

Guards at the Calgary airport are employed by Ontario-based ASP Security Services, a company contracted to provide security to passengers and the public. ASP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICTS Europe, one of the world’s largest employers of aviation security guards.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 401 is Alberta’s largest private sector union with 32,000 members working in diverse sectors of the Alberta economy, including food processing, retail, education, healthcare, hospitality, and security services.