training

You and I care for guards (and their wages)
Date: 05.10.2016
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  A spectre is haunting Ontario’s Security industry – the spectre of Wage and Representation for its front lines. From CEO to part-time guard (faithfully holding Access Card) the issues of wage and representation are boiling in the hearts and minds of everyone. These are issues of fairness to workers, responsibility to the front lines, and of an industry suddenly realizing its own power and influence. My post titled “Who Cares about the Guards (and their Wages)” received a tremendous response. In the text below, and as a follow-up – I lay out the plan of how we in Ontario, all segments working together, can achieve the much-needed legislated minimum wage, and adequate professional representation for our guards, and ourselves. […]

Who cares about guards (and their wages)?
Date: 03.09.2016
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I don’t know where to start, maybe someone can help. I have been in this industry for coming up to 12 years, and I am yet to see any security association putting up a meaningful campaign to raise guard wages, or at least raising the professional profile of the guard….ASIS, IAHSS, IFPO and others…as the top echelons of the industry gear up for the ultra-posh, suit-and-tie ASIS 2016 Seminar in Orlando (entrance fee is $895 if you’re an ASIS member – hotel, flights, meals are all extra – probably all paid by the employer), the struggle of Ontario’s security guards to afford new backpacks for their kids this September, surely continues. I started as a guard at a slaughter-house back in 2005, at a time […]

“I’ve got training coming out of my…”
Date: 14.07.2014
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  “How much more training do I need to take?” It’s everywhere – at work, online, in school…and more and more of it is being pushed into our lives. We have become apathetic to the amount of mandatory training being pushed on us. We take it all, and if we have a choice of whether to take something on our own, we usually start with a “No. Well, maybe in the future…” A great deal of training is a Checkbox that either you, or your employer literally fill out as having completed for whatever reason…be it for a promotion, a stepping stone, or a compliance thing that needs to be…well…complied with. BUT, have there been training courses you’ve come out of, […]