Stop contracting out Toronto cleaning jobs, academics say

Source: Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star, February 15, 2012

Toronto must stop contracting out municipal cleaning jobs to stem the alarming growth of working poor in the city, academics and community leaders say….”Turning good jobs into poverty wage jobs will only deepen the current job crisis,” they say in an open letter to Mayor Rob Ford and council being released Thursday. “Toronto’s budget issues should not be resolved at the expense of these cleaners, their families and their neighbourhoods.”…

…It also comes a week after the Toronto Police Service signed a $1.7 million one-year contract with a private cleaning company, eliminating 100 jobs with benefits that paid about $20 an hour. Private cleaners typically earn the minimum wage of $10.25 an hour and receive few benefits….
Updated:
Ford vows to contract out cleaning jobs
Source: Don Peat, Toronto Sun, April 15, 2012

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