The Art of Resistance
e.320 - SEIU Local 2 Demands #JusticeForJanitors! ft. Jorge Villatoro
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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