February 02, 2017 06:00 ET
Cafeteria workers - many of whom make barely above minimum wage - hold job action at York University, speak out against second-class treatment
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 2, 2017) - Cafeteria workers working for Aramark at York University will stage a one-day strike today, Thursday, February 2nd, as they escalate their fight for a living wage. These workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 75, have been bargaining a new collective agreement for several months.
As the provincial government considers a number of measures to address so-called precarious work – low-wage jobs with little job security – members of the York University community are calling on the school to make a commitment to good jobs, so no worker on campus makes below a living wage.
The one-day strike at York comes just two days after Aramark cafeteria workers at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus – also members of UNITE HERE Local 75 – held a similar action. An open-ended strike is looming at both schools.
The majority of the Aramark workers at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus earn only $11.50 an hour, and York University it's not much better, and the majority make $12.21 an hour.
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