I speak of the majority -
-steep union dues
-wages that are at the legislated provincial minimum
-have to pay for own uniform
-pay for additional training
-benefit packages that do next to nothing to provide for real needs
What in God's name are these unions playing at? This is shameful!
These unions have been in place now for a number of years and should be starting to make positive advancements for their members. They should be fighting for legislation that would force a set wage and benefit structure for security guards and private investigators.
The wage structure should be set with a minimum of the designated livable wage for the area they are in. Most minimum livable wages are at $15/hour. In Ontario general minimum wage is $11.25/hour. This is despicable.
In my view, for Ontario, security guards should have a set minimum wage of $15/hour. But the sad reality is that the guards themselves are afraid to stand up to their own unions to make those unions WORK for them.
Security is a big industry. Bigger than many understand. Despite this, it is an industry that still treats the lions share of its front line workers extremely poorly. Security guards are still viewed as a "dime a dozen" and (very) disposable. No wonder it cannot be a profession.