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MEDICINE HAT – Security Guards employed by G4S Security Systems have voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees.  The 60 employees are believed to be the first group of security guards in G4S to form a union. 

The employees provide security services to the Medicine Hat Hospital, College, as well as other locations.  They are also responsible for by-law enforcement for the City of Medicine Hat.

CUPE Alberta President D’Arcy Lanovaz said employees came to the union with complaints of unfair treatment by their employer.

 “We heard complaints about women making a dollar an hour less than men doing the same job, and some employees getting preferential treatment by managers,” said Lanovaz.  “Worker safety was also a critical factor, with many employees forced to work alone.”

Lanovaz said this was the second attempt by the employees to form a union in under a year,