The Art of Resistance


e.320 - SEIU Local 2 Demands #JusticeForJanitors! ft. Jorge Villatoro

Season 3, Ep. 20

SEIU Local 2 is organizing to win big for cleaning workers across Toronto.

The Justice for Janitors campaign began in 2007 addressing the fact that many custodial workers work for private contracting firms in isolation. The campaign looks to organize sector-wide contracts, and to win wage increases, benefits, and better working conditions for its members across Canada. 

While the campaign has made some important gains - like a new pension plan for Toronto cleaning staff - there are still many injustices which plague workers in the sector. Private contractors throughout the city still pay workers less than $15/hour to work long hours with little-to-no benefits. 

Recently, contract negotiations between SEIU 2 and Luciano Janitorial Services, a private cleaning contractor broke down after the contractor refused to match the new industry standards, and are now demanding cuts to benefits and decreases in paid sick days. Now the workers are locked out, and are running picket lines outside the Icon Condominium.

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e. 420 - People Before Profit: MISN Takes On Canadian Mining Giants

Season 4, Ep. 20
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network Website | Facebook | TwitterFrom March 1st to 4th, Toronto will play host to the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada- PDAC is a group representing Canada’s mining exploration and extraction industry. The convention is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting thousands of investors and 26,000 attendees from over 130 countries. It is considered the “superbowl” event of extractive industries, featuring award ceremonies, workshops, and keynote addresses by prominent mining moguls and political figures, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Toronto is considered the hub of the global mining industry.Though it promotes itself as an ethical industry upholding high environmental standards and labour practices, the Canadian mining industry is actually notorious for its ecological and human rights abuses around the world. In 2016, a report from Osgoode Hall’s Justice and Corporate Accountability Project found that between 2000-2015, 709 cases of criminal activity and 44 targeted deaths were related to Canadian mining projects in Latin America. Mining companies and the Canadian government, including under Prime Minister Trudeau, have so far failed to make any meaningful change to the violence of the extractive industry, and few Canadians are aware of these abuses.Today, we speak to Kate Klein, an organizer with the group Mining Injustice and Solidarity Network to learn more about the upcoming conference and the imperial violence of the Canadian mining industry.The Art of Resistance airs Tuesdays on CIUT89.5FM.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram