KITIMAT, BC — Janitors at the LNG Canada Kitimat site have signed a fruitful three-year union contract after months of bargaining.

On Wednesday, UNITE HERE Local 40, who represents the workers, announced the contract with Gitxaala Horizon North Services LP. The agreement includes a commitment to improving health care benefits dramatically, health and safety protections, wage increases, and hiring from local communities and First Nations, which will make up 30 per cent of the workforce.

This is the workers first collective agreement after forming a union last summer.

“As COVID-19 cases have risen in northern BC and the provincial government has limited worksite and camp staffing levels, this new contract provides job security and improved working conditions for camp workers in Kitimat,” says the UNITE HERE Local 40 statement Wednesday.

“Thanks to Gitxaala Horizon North Services LP for bargaining with us through COVID-19. I’m proud that we could win this contract and I can better support my family’s needs as the living costs in Prince Rupert have just skyrocketed. The extra dollars will make a huge difference. We reached our goal that we set out to achieve and in the end, we won better wages and a fairer workplace for everybody,” says Jaime Moraes, janitor and member of the Tsimshian Nation.

UNITE HERE Local 40 represents over 350 camp workers in Kitimat.