Capilano University's statement regarding wages for contract cleaners
NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Cleaners at Capilano University employed by contractor Best Service Pros won the right to join a union with Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2 in February. In response to recent communications by SEIU Local 2, Capilano University releases the following statement:
Cleaners at Capilano University are not employees of the University. Capilano University contracts with service providers and acknowledges the autonomy of the relationship between these contractors and the unions representing their employees. This includes their ability to negotiate in good faith, independent of the University, on matters of wages and benefits.
When the University goes through a tender process, it considers a variety of factors that include experience, capability, price and financial stability. It doesn’t automatically select the lowest bid.
“We recognize that contract negotiations are now underway between Best Service Pros and its employees,” says Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University. “It is our hope that both parties are able to realize an agreeable contract through this process.”
About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 99 programs, including bachelor’s degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 10,500 students each year, 8,200 in for-credit programs and 2,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
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Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi