Capilano University workers react to disappointing government minimum wage increase as they gear up for strike votes this week

Cleaners at Capilano University and campus allies are calling for a Living Wage and Benefits for all workers on campus.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA –– Capilano University cleaners say $15 an hour is needed right now, not in 2021, as they prepare to take strike votes this week.

“For months, we have been asking for a Living Wage in our negotiations with Best Service Pros. Even $15 an hour is not considered a Living Wage in Vancouver. With $15 right now, we would be in a better position to get closer to a Living Wage,” said Analou Espina, one of the members of the SEIU Local 2 Bargaining Committee.

On Thursday, Premier John Horgan announced a phased wage increase schedule that would bring the minimum wage up to $12.65 an hour this June and would reach $15.20 in 2021.

The cleaners at Capilano University have been in first contract negotiations with their Employer, Best Service Pros, since September and have currently reached a deadlock in mediations.

The cleaners’ union drive with SEIU Local 2 and commencement of bargaining has given rise to a larger campus-wide campaign calling for a Living Wage and Benefits for all direct and contracted workers on campus.

Delia Tanza speaks to crowd of supporters on November 29 solidarity rally about the need for public support to win a Living Wage and Benefits for contracted cleaners across the province.

Delia Tanza speaks to crowd of supporters on November 29 solidarity rally about the need for public support to win a Living Wage and Benefits for contracted cleaners on campus.

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