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Vijay, a union steward from Paragon Security smiles in front of a tree at union office.

As the chief steward for Paragon Security, Vijay Tyagi is proud to protect and improve workers’ rights in the security industry.

“I got involved to help people with whatever difficulties they were facing,” said Vijay, who has been a steward since 2001. “It is about using our voice to support our members.”

Security workers come to Vijay about issues with overtime, treatment, vacation pay, hours, locations where they work, job protection and rates of pay.  

“We listen to them and help solve their problems,” he said. “I feel very happy – because it makes you feel proud. This is my passion – I love to help people.”

He still remembers the time when he saved the job of a member who was close to retirement. Vijay spoke with management and resolved the issue.

“Initially, he was crying,” Vijay said. “When we helped him, he was thankful and appreciative.”

Vijay has also worked on grievance meetings and negotiating committees.

“I feel proud to be a union member and a union steward.”

UFCW 1006A is the union for thousands of security guards across Ontario. 


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