Over 500 Atira housing workers succeed in bid to unionize

Workers at the province’s largest provider of B.C. Housing-funded supportive housing have been certified to unionize.

About 500 workers at the Atira Womens Resource Society got the green light to join the BCGEU after a brief hearing at the Labour Relations Board Monday afternoon.

The union, in a statement, said the successful union drive covers 35 worksites and “a significant majority of workers” signed cards to join.

Under B.C. law, the board can automatically certify a union if 55 per cent of its employees sign valid cards. 

Atira worker Kadidja Youssouf said employees are “super excited.”

“I know a lot of workers are feeling relief and joy and excitement for what the future holds. Especially now that we are able

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