UNITE HERE Local 75

UNITE HERE Local 75

May 11, 2016 13:29 ET

Media Advisory: Cafeteria Workers Fighting for Their Jobs at U of T

A Move by the University to Bring Campus Food Service In-House Throws Hundreds of Workers Into Precarious Employment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 11, 2016) - Today at 5pm, cafeteria workers from the University of Toronto will rally and march beginning at King's College Gate, protesting their mass termination and loss of job security due to the university's move to bring food services on St. George campus in-house.

Because of an existing loophole in Ontario labour law, the long-time cafeteria workers are being forced to re-apply for their jobs and are being put back on probation. Significant numbers of these workers are likely to be terminated even if they are offered jobs by the university.

The majority of these workers are immigrant workers. Many have served the university community for more than a decade. They expect better from an anchor institution like the University of Toronto.

These terminations are occurring even as the Wynne liberal government is entertaining changes to labour law that would make this illegal.

What: Hundreds of protesters, led by U of T food service workers, gathering at King's College Gate; signs, chants, drums and whistles
When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5:00pm
Where: King's College Gate, University of Toronto (College Street & Kings College Rd)
Toronto, ON, M5S 1A1

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