Government Acts on UFCW Local 333 Recommendations!

January 19, 2021

Lobbying efforts by UFCW Local 333, have paid off as yesterday the Ontario government announced they would be launching online testing for individuals seeking to obtain a licence to become a security guard.

With the increase in demand for security guards resulting from the pandemic, last spring persons wanting to become security guards were unable to gain a licence due to the closure of Drive Test Centres where potential guards had to write an in-person test to obtain a licence.

UFCW Local 333 raised this issue several times with the Office of the Solicitor General and in a written submission to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development in May of last year, Local 333 recommended that the government modernize their front-line services and allow for online testing for security guards.

Earlier the government also acted on a recommendation by the union by ensuring that security guards working in hospitals and Long-Term Care home would receive pandemic pay.

“Our lobbying efforts are paying off as we see the government realizing the important role security guards are performing during the pandemic.” Said Local 333 Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Ketelaars. “However, our work is not done.  We will continue our lobbying efforts with the government to ensure that security guards working in hospitals and Long-Term Care Homes are placed on the priority list to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. It is important they receive the vaccine so they can continue to work with other front-line workers to eliminate this deadly virus and keep the public safe.”