The United Steelworkers (USW) and the Local 9597 Executive welcome you to your Union. As a new employee of this company you have automatically become a member of the United Steelworkers Local 9597 and are covered by the Union, day one of being hired (not once/after you complete your probation).
Local 9597 is the second largest local in Canada, which exclusively represents Security Officers and Airport Screeners. Our Local represents Guards across Ontario, from South of Algonquin Park, Barrie, Oshawa (with the exception of Toronto, which has its own local) and Ottawa all the way down to Windsor. Our Local currently has approximately nine separate “legally” binding agreements with security companies or Units within Ontario. All of these Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA’s) were negotiated by working Security Officers like you, along with assistance from full-time Steelworker staff members.
The Local’s membership is currently approximately 3,400 security officers (commonly referred to as Sisters & Brothers). Our Local maintains offices in Ottawa and Windsor. There are two full-time and two part-time Union Officers (paid by the Union) and many volunteers staffing these offices to help resolve your problems and answer your questions. Money from your dues goes towards paying these members’ salaries as well as being able to arbitrate grievances, negotiate Collective Agreements, for Education of the Officers/Stewards, Newsletters, General Membership Meetings (to name a few), and the daily running of the Local.
Our full-time office workers, who are on a paid leave from their sites, are security officers who have worked in the Security Industry and are still employed with their respective Security Companies. They now work in the office to take care of day-to-day issues, questions, and concerns. Our Local does rely on volunteered time by our members for rallies and other events and even the officers who are paid by the Local volunteer about 10-20 hours per week over and above their 40 hours and are not paid overtime to do this.
The Local has an elected executive which meets four times a year in addition to General Membership Meetings which are also held quarterly, with the General Membership Meetings being held in most major cities with each meeting being called a “session” of the general meeting.
Other Union Officers such as Shop Stewards, Committee Chairs (for health & safety, organizing, grievances, etc.) are usually appointed by the Executive from those members who show an interest and are able to volunteer time to the respective committees. Interested members who want to help and show a desire to assist members who need help, are offered special education courses at the Locals expense (paid for with your dues) so they are trained and better qualified to assist their Union Sisters & Brothers. As a new member you might wish to explore this further and should contact our office to get additional information.
If you have any questions about being unionized or any other matter, remember you are now covered by a union and even on a confidential basis, please do not hesitate to contact us.
On behalf of your USW Local Executive 9597
President, USW Local 9597