Workers at an ATCO camp in Blue River voted to unionize, with more than 93% in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 40.
The camp is made up of nearly 40 housekeeping and kitchen workers, who wanted decent wages, better working conditions, job protection and job security.
“A lot of workers are working on big pipeline projects that are making a lot of money,” said Stephanie Fung, labor communications organizer for Local 40. Times. “They feel like they deserve a bigger share of the profits and whatever comes out of the pipeline.”
ATCO Blue River workers voted to unionize about a month ago, joining hundreds of other camp members who recently unionized at Civeo, Horizon North Kitimat, Kitimat LNG and Parsnip Lodge.
Fung noted that workers’ concerns arise as “rampant inflation” and ever-rising housing costs affect communities across British Columbia. She added that they hope to start negotiations as soon as possible and have been in contact with workers at the Blue River camp.
The ACTO Blue River camp is the second in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to unionize. The Valemount ATCO Camp voted to join Local 40 in January.
“We also know that there is a non-union camp in Clearwater and it deserves the same decent wages and conditions as other camp workers in BC,” Fung said. “I think we’re definitely looking at the next steps.”
UNITE HERE Local 40 represents members of the hotel, restaurant and airport industries throughout British Columbia.