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Cafeteria Workers Strike at Two Toronto Universities

March 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, Canada - Hundreds of people rallied at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus downtown Feb. 23 to support food-service workers on strike to  demand an end to “poverty-level wages.”

The workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 75, have been on strike against food-service subcontractor Aramark at the university’s suburban Scarborough campus since Feb. 9, and at York University since Feb. 16. They make C$11.50 an hour (about $8.75) at Scarborough and C$12.21 at York, said UNITE HERE organizing director David Sanders. “Most of our members are immigrants from all over the world who came to Canada to build a better life for themselves,” he said. “They get here and they’re locked into these dead-end poverty-wage jobs, and those should not exist at university campuses, especially at two of the best universities in Canada.” Workers at the St. George campus, which ended its Aramark contract and began running its food services directly last August, make more than C$20, Scarborough cafeteria worker Rayappu Jesudasan said in a Local 75 statement. Read more


 

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