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Thousands of Toronto area cleaners could be heading to a strike; vote Saturday


Janitors in Toronto will be holding a strike vote on Saturday, April 30. The cleaners, members of the Service Employees International Union Local 2, say they have been working hard to get a fair contract from the cleaning companies they work for. According to recent reports, inflation has now jumped to a 31-year high of 6.7 per cent. All workers are experiencing first-hand the steep rise in the cost of living, but no one is being impacted like low-wage workers. At the cleaners’ current wages, even basic necessities are getting out of reach.

“Most of my co-workers are working two jobs to be able to pay the bills now,” says Erna Bearneza, who works for GDI Integrated Facility Services at a facility owned by one of the major banks. She’s been cleaning the facility for 10 years.

SEIU Local 2 represents over 4,000 cleaners in Greater Toronto Area. Over 2,500 of them work for companies currently negotiating at a central table with the Union. This central table sets the standard for the entire industry.

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