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Ontario workers win $15 an hour and other improvements!

 

J4J members join OFL delegates on November 22 in march for justice and fairness.

Local 2 members join OFL delegates on November 22 in march for justice and fairness.

By The Fight for $15 & Fairness Team

Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act passed third reading, making Ontario the 4th province/ state across North America to adopt $15 minimum wage legislation.

“The $15 minimum wage will put money where it is deserved and most needed, into workers’ pockets,” said Navi Aujla, who is an organizer in Brampton with the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign and a former temp agency worker. “Together with paid emergency days, fairer scheduling and equal pay for equal work measures; $15 will make a real difference for our communities who fought so hard for this victory.”

Pending royal assent, Bill 148 will:

  • Raise Ontario’s general minimum wage to $14 by January 1, 2018, $15 by January 1, 2019 and implement annual cost of living adjustments thereafter.
  • Extend 10 days of job protected, emergency leave to all workers, of which 2 will be paid — a first in Canada.
  • Provide equal pay for equal work for full-time, part-time, casual and temporary agency workers.
  • Introduce fairer scheduling, including 3 hours of pay for on-call employees who aren’t called in, and for workers whose shifts get cancelled with less than 48 hours of notice.
  • Make it easier for cleaners, security guards, homecare and community service workers to join unions. And these workers will also have better protection against contract flipping.

Since Bill 148 was first introduced in spring 2017, Big Business Lobbyists have led a fear-mongering campaign to erode the bill, including calling for a slower phase-in for the $15 minimum wage. Prior to the third reading vote, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown pledged to delay the phase-in until 2022 if he wins the 2018 provincial election.

“Let’s be clear. Delaying $15 means only one thing and that is keeping workers in poverty. It is shameful for any politician to defend the interests of corporations over working families,” said Deena Ladd, coordinator of the Workers’ Action Centre. “The Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign organized tirelessly to make Bill 148 as strong as possible, our job is not done until all workers have at least $15 an hour and fairness at work.”

The Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign launched on April 15, 2015 with a province-wide day of action demanding a $15 minimum wage, as well as sweeping labour law reforms. Since then, a broad coalition of health providers, faith leaders, students, unions, economists, teachers and community groups, have led this growing movement for decent work.

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The Precarious Conditions of Low-Waged Workers at Capilano University and Beyond: A Dialogue on Justice

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Cleaners at Capilano University join Justice for Janitors movement

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Best Service Pros Cleaners are gearing up for negotiations after Employer attempts to stall and demoralize union drive

Cleaners employed at Capilano University won their right to join SEIU Local 2 and its Justice for Janitors campaign earlier this month. The BC Labour Board ordered ballots cast by 27 out of 29 cleaners on February 20, 2017 to be unsealed.

The union vote was won by an overwhelming majority despite an anti-union fear campaign waged by the boss during the 10 days before the vote.

“This is an important victory,” says Cherish Lazo who is a member of the newly formed Bargaining Committee. “The wait was extremely frustrating, but now, all we can think of, is starting to make improvements at work.”

Best Service Pros, the contractor that represents cleaners at Capilano University and other post-secondary institutions, put up numerous legal objections at the Labour Board to prevent workers from joining SEIU Local 2, the most significant objection being the proliferation of bargaining units.

SEIU Local 2 legal counsel was successful in arguing that the proliferation of bargaining units could not apply in this case because Best Service Pros entered into a Voluntary Recognition Agreement (VRA) with CLAC as recently as 2016, despite having bargaining relationships with two other unions.

In June 2016, Best Service Pros, upon learning they were awarded the cleaning contract at Langara College, contacted CLAC. Best and CLAC negotiated a 10 year agreement with minimal wage increases and no benefits before any worker was hired and later presented the contract to the newly employed cleaners at Langara College.

This contract was extended to workers at BCIT in November of 2016 at an Orientation meeting and in March of 2017 at Vancouver Community College, after Best Service Pros became aware that SEIU Local 2 were actively organizing Best cleaners across the city.

Meanwhile, as workers at Capilano University waited for a decision from the Labour Board, they remained active and steadfast in their wishes to form a union. In April, the workers delivered a petition to their boss signed by 25 cleaners asking Best Service Pros to drop their legal objections at the Labour Board and allow the ballots to be counted.

The delivery of the cleaner’s petition was done in conjunction with letters of support from other unions on campus. MoveUp and CUPE Local 1004 sent letters to Capilano University President, Paul Dangerfield, urging the university to leverage Best Service Pros to drop its legal challenges and respect the worker’s choice to join SEIU Local 2.

“We want to join the Justice for Janitors movement so together, we can negotiate for livable wages and a benefit plan,” said Mcjusto Soberano, a cleaner at Capilano University. “We work very hard and our work should be respected and valued. Without us, the campus would be dirty and students would not be able to come to classes,” added Soberano.

Best Service Pros responded to the workers’ petition saying “The Labour Board must decide whether the SEIU Application is consistent with [these] rules and regulations … Unfortunately, BEST has no control over the timing of when that decision is made.”

Meanwhile, last Friday, Best’s Legal Counsel filed an application for Reconsideration with the Labour Board in its continued attempt to delay the process further.

In light of SEIU Local 2 organizing efforts targeting Best Service Pros cleaners at post-secondary institutions under CLAC, it is expected that Best will put up many impediments at negotiations to prevent workers from receiving a fair contract.

“We are asking that unions and student groups on campus stand with us during this process,” says Delia Tanza, another member of the Bargaining Committee. “Without your support, we will be forced to accept an agreement like CLAC and our union will not be a strong one.”

SEIU’s Justice for Janitors is a movement of workers that has successfully organized to improve wages, benefits, and job security for over 7,000 janitors across Canada. SEIU’s goal is to organize all janitors in BC, in order to raise industry standards.

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Take Action on Fight for $15 and Fairness!

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Download a leaflet to distribute in your workplace, community, campus or neighbourhood.

Call or write your MPP. To find your MPP, click here. For a list of MPP phone numbers and email addresses, scroll down.

Follow the Fight for $15 and Fairness Facebook page for news, supporting evidence and updates.

Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook #15andFairness #MakeitFair #ONPoli #WorkFairON #DecentWork Here are some sharables.

 

Hon Laura Albanese
York South–Weston
Phone: 416-243-7984
lalbanese.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Granville Anderson
Durham
Phone: 905-697-1501
ganderson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Teresa J. Armstrong
London–Fanshawe
Phone: 519-668-1104
tarmstrong-co@ndp.on.ca

Ted Arnott
Wellington–Halton Hills
Phone: 519-787-5247
ted.arnottco@pc.ola.org

Robert Bailey
Sarnia–Lambton
Phone: 519-337-0051
bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org

Yvan Baker
Etobicoke Centre
Phone: 416-234-2800
ybaker.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Chris Ballard
Newmarket–Aurora
Phone: 905-750-0019
cballard.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Toby Barrett
Haldimand–Norfolk
Phone: 519-428-0446
toby.barrettco@pc.ola.org

Lorenzo Berardinetti
Scarborough Southwest
Phone: 416-261-9525
lberardinetti.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Gilles Bisson
Timmins–James Bay
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-461-9878
gbisson@ndp.on.ca

James J. Bradley
St. Catharines
Phone: 905-935-0018
jbradley.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Patrick Brown
Simcoe North
Phone: 705-326-3246 or 705-526-8671

Sarah Campbell
Kenora–Rainy River
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-465-8501
scmpp@ndp.on.ca

Hon Michael Chan
Markham–Unionville
Phone: 905-305-1935
mchan.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Bob Chiarelli
Ottawa West–Nepean
Phone: 613-721-8075
bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Raymond Sung Joon Cho
Scarborough–Rouge River
Phone: 416-297-5040
raymond.choco@pc.ola.org

Steve Clark
Leeds–Grenville
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-267-4408
steve.clark@pc.ola.org

Lorne Coe
Whitby–Oshawa
Phone: 905-430-1141
lorne.coeco@pc.ola.org

Mike Colle
Eglinton–Lawrence
Phone: 416-781-2395
mcolle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Michael Coteau
Don Valley East
Phone: 416-494-6856
mcoteau.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Grant Crack
Glengarry–Prescott–Russell
gcrack.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-355-9666

Hon Dipika Damerla
Mississauga East–Cooksville
Phone: 905-238-1751
ddamerla.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Bob Delaney
Mississauga–Streetsville
Phone: 905-569-1643
bdelaney.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Steven Del Duca
Vaughan
Phone: 905-893-4428
sdelduca.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Nathalie Des Rosiers
Ottawa–Vanier
Phone: 613-744-4484
NDesRosiers.mpp.CO@liberal.ola.org

Vic Dhillon
Brampton West
Phone: 905-796-8669
vdhillon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Joe Dickson
Ajax–Pickering
Phone: 905-427-2060
jdickson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Cheri DiNovo
Parkdale–High Park
Phone: 416-763-5630
dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca

Han Dong
Trinity–Spadina
Phone: 416-603-9664
hdong.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Brad Duguid
Scarborough Centre
Phone: 416-615-2183
bduguid.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Victor Fedeli
Nipissing
Phone: 705-474-8340
vic.fedelico@pc.ola.org

Catherine Fife
Kitchener–Waterloo
Phone: 519-725-3477
cfife-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Kevin Daniel Flynn
Oakville
Phone: 905-827-5141
kflynn.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Cindy Forster
Welland
Phone: 905-732-6884
cforster-co@ndp.on.ca

John Fraser
Ottawa South
Phone: 613-736-9573
Jfraser.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Jennifer K. French
Oshawa
Phone: 905-723-2411
JFrench-CO@ndp.on.ca

Wayne Gates
Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-357-0681
wgates-co@ndp.on.ca

France Gélinas
Nickel Belt
Phone: 705-969-3621
fgelinas-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Michael Gravelle
Thunder Bay–Superior North
Phone: 807-345-3647
mgravelle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Lisa Gretzky
Windsor West
Phone: 519-977-7191
LGretzky-CO@ndp.on.ca

Ernie Hardeman
Oxford
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-4046
ernie.hardemanco@pc.ola.org

Michael Harris
Kitchener–Conestoga
Phone: 519-954-8679
michael.harris@pc.ola.org

Percy Hatfield
Windsor–Tecumseh
Phone: 519-251-5199
PHatfield-co@ndp.on.ca

Randy Hillier
Lanark–Frontenac–Lennox and Addington
Phone: 613-267-8239
randy.hillierco@pc.ola.org

Ann Hoggarth
Barrie
Phone: 705-726-5538
ahoggarth.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Andrea Horwath
Hamilton Centre
Phone: 905-544-9644
ahorwath-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Eric Hoskins
St. Paul’s
Phone: 416-656-0943
ehoskins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Mitzie Hunter
Scarborough–Guildwood
Phone: 416-281-2787
mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Helena Jaczek
Oak Ridges–Markham
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-531-9551
hjaczek.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Sylvia Jones
Dufferin–Caledon
Phone: 519-941-7751
Phone: 905-951-9382
sylvia.jonesco@pc.ola.org

Sophie Kiwala
Kingston and the Islands
Phone: 613-547-2385
skiwala.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Monte Kwinter
York Centre
Phone: 416-630-0080
mkwinter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Marie-France Lalonde
Ottawa–Orléans
Phone: 613-834-8679
mflalonde.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Jeff Leal
Peterborough
Phone: 705-742-3777
jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Dave Levac
Brant
Phone: 519-759-0361
dlevac.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Tracy MacCharles
Pickering–Scarborough East
Phone: 905-509-0336
tmaccharles.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Jack MacLaren
Carleton–Mississippi Mills
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-267-1020
jack.maclarenco@pc.ola.org

Lisa MacLeod
Nepean–Carleton
Phone: 613-823-2116
lisa.macleod@pc.ola.org

Harinder Malhi
Brampton–Springdale
Phone: 905-495-8030
hmalhi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Amrit Mangat
Mississauga–Brampton South
Phone: 905-696-0367
amangat.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Michael Mantha
Algoma–Manitoulin
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-831-1899
mmantha-co@ndp.on.ca

Cristina Martins
Davenport
Phone: 416-535-3158
cmartins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Gila Martow
Thornhill
Phone: 905-731-8462
gila.martowco@pc.ola.org

Hon Deborah Matthews
London North Centre
Phone: 519-432-7339
dmatthews.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Bill Mauro
Thunder Bay–Atikokan
Phone: 807-623-9237
bmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Jim McDonell
Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry
Phone: 613-933-6513
jim.mcdonellco@pc.ola.org

Hon Kathryn McGarry
Cambridge
Phone: 519-623-5852
kmcgarry.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Eleanor McMahon
Burlington
Phone: 905-639-7924
emcmahon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Ted McMeekin
Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-566-6614
tmcmeekin.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Monte McNaughton
Lambton–Kent–Middlesex
Phone: 519-245-8696
monte.mcnaughtonco@pc.ola.org

Peter Z. Milczyn
Etobicoke–Lakeshore
Phone: 416-259-2249
Pmilczyn.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Norm Miller
Parry Sound–Muskoka
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-267-4826
norm.miller@pc.ola.org

Paul Miller
Hamilton East–Stoney Creek
Phone: 905-545-0114
pmiller-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Reza Moridi
Richmond Hill
rmoridi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Phone: 905-884-8080

Julia Munro
York–Simcoe
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-206-1373

Hon Glen R. Murray
Toronto Centre
Phone: 416-972-7683
gmurray.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Indira Naidoo-Harris
Halton
Phone: 905-878-1729
inaidoo-harris.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Yasir Naqvi
Ottawa Centre
Phone: 613-722-6414
ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Taras Natyshak
Essex
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-3909
tnatyshak-co@ndp.on.ca

Rick Nicholls
Chatham-Kent–Essex
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-3992
rick.nichollsco@pc.ola.org

Sam Oosterhoff
Niagara West–Glanbrook
Phone: 905-563-1755
sam.oosterhoffco@pc.ola.org

Randy Pettapiece
Perth–Wellington
Phone: 519-272-0660
randy.pettapiececo@pc.ola.org

Arthur Potts
Beaches–East York
Phone: 416-690-1032
apotts.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Shafiq Qaadri
Etobicoke North
Phone: 416-745-2859
sqaadri.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Lou Rinaldi
Northumberland–Quinte West
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-263-3980
lrinaldi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Liz Sandals
Guelph
lsandals.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Phone: 519-836-4190
lsandals.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Peggy Sattler
London West
Phone: 519-657-3120
Psattler-co@ndp.on.ca

Laurie Scott
Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-424-2490
laurie.scottco@pc.ola.org

Mario Sergio
York West
Phone: 416-743-7272
msergio.mpp@liberal.ola.org

Jagmeet Singh
Bramalea–Gore–Malton
Phone: 905-799-3939
jsingh-co@ndp.on.ca

Todd Smith
Prince Edward–Hastings
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-536-6248
todd.smithco@pc.ola.org

Hon Charles Sousa
Mississauga South
Phone: 905-274-8228
csousa.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Peter Tabuns
Toronto–Danforth
Phone: 416-461-0223
tabunsp-co@ndp.on.ca

Harinder S. Takhar
Mississauga–Erindale
Phone: 905-897-8815
htakhar.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Monique Taylor
Hamilton Mountain
Phone: 905-388-9734
mtaylor-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Glenn Thibeault
Sudbury
Phone: 705-675-1914
gthibeault.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Lisa M. Thompson
Huron–Bruce
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-396-3007
lisa.thompsonco@pc.ola.org

John Vanthof
Timiskaming–Cochrane
jvanthof.kl-co@ndp.on.ca
Phone: 705-567-4650

Daiene Vernile
Kitchener Centre
Phone: 519-579-5460
dvernile.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Bill Walker
Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-461-2664
bill.walkerco@pc.ola.org

Jim Wilson
Simcoe–Grey
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-268-7542
jim.wilsonco@pc.ola.org

Soo Wong
Scarborough–Agincourt
Phone: 416-297-6568
swong.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Kathleen O. Wynne
Don Valley West
Phone: 416-425-6777
kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

John Yakabuski
Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke
Phone: 613-735-6627
john.yakabuskico@pc.ola.org

Jeff Yurek
Elgin–Middlesex–London
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-7638
jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org

Hon David Zimmer
Willowdale
Phone: 416-733-7878
dzimmer.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

 

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HRM Ratification Vote for GDI Employees

There will be a ratification vote held for all members to attend. At this meeting the bargaining team will explain the details of the tentative deal that has been reached with GDI Integrated Facility Services. All members are encouraged to attend, discuss and vote.

Various meetings will be held throughout the day at the times below. This is your collective agreement – come out and vote.
We look forward to seeing you there.

TIMES:

  • 9:00 AM

  • 11:30 AM

  • 2:00 PM

  • 4:30 PM

  • 7:00 PM

LOCATION:

Holiday Inn – Dartmouth
Hawthorne Room

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Fight for $15 & Fairness: YYZ to DCA – Airport Workers Stand Together

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SEIU Local 2 marches in Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax Labour Day parades

Toronto Labour Day Parade photos

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Ottawa Labour Day Parade photos

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Halifax Labour Day Parade photos

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New Toronto City-Wide CBA Highlights

2016-2019 TOR J4J Highlights

Our new Toronto City-Wide Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified by the membership on Saturday May 14. Building on our previous CBA, below are the most important improvements won.

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The 2,000 plus members covered by the new CBA are part of the Central Janitorial Collective Agreement and employed at Toronto locations by:

  • Alpine Building Maintenance
  • Bee Clean Building Maintenance
  • C&W Services (formerly Unicco/DTZ)
  • Commercial Cleaning Services (formerly Koprash)
  • Compass Canada
  • Hallmark Housekeeping Services
  • And Magic Maintenance

This agreement set the stage for negotiations for close to an additional 700 union members.  Talks have now concluded with about a dozen other cleaning companies, including:

  • Amphora
  • GDI
  • H&W
  • J&A
  • Impact
  • Lexus Cleaning
  • Miracle Maintenance
  • Scandinavian
  • Smart Cleaning
  • Sodexo
  • Topnotch
  • Waterford

Please note that CBAs have been mailed out or distributed at work locations. If you have any questions about the new CBA, please contact your union rep.

* Retro Pay Dispute
There was a disagreement between the union and the employers as to when the first raise of the agreement was to take effect. The union’s position was that the raise should be retroactive to April 1st. The employer’s position was that the raise took effect upon ratification. The collective bargaining agreement was ratified on Saturday May 14th and the employers were notified the next business day (May 16th). The matter went to arbitration and the employers’ position prevailed.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the production of this video, we’ve been able to enhance the benefits by advancing the start date of the improvements in each year from the beginning of the contract year (i.e. April 1st) to the beginning of the calendar year (i.e. January 1st) .

Video en español.

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J4J Toronto CBA Ratification Vote

Find out what improvements we’ve won!

Toronto Justice for Janitors Bargaining Committee. From Left to Right: Peter Qian (Bee Clean), Virgilio Gavia (Compass Canada), Chris Lockhart (C&W – formerly DTZ/UNICCO), Andrea Sosa (Alpine),Olga Da Cruz (Hallmark).

Toronto Justice for Janitors Bargaining Committee. From Left to Right: Olga da Cruz (Hallmark), Chris Lockhart (C&W Services), Andrea Sosa (Alpine), Virgilio Gavia (Compass Canada). Absent: Peter Qian (Bee Clean).

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Our bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with important gains. Please attend this meeting to find out the details and to vote!*

“We work hard and we just want to lift our families out of poverty,” said Andrea Sosa, a member of the bargaining. “We were not asking for the world – but we needed some real improvements.” “We believe the tentative agreement we reached accomplishes that and we look forward to presenting the deal to our co-workers as soon as possible,” said Sosa.

Map for ratification vote

* If you are not sure if this meeting applies to you call the office for more information.

All of the following members are eligible and encouraged to attend this very important vote:

All members of SEIU Local 2 employed in Toronto locations by:

Alpine Building Maintenance
Bee Clean Building Maintenance
C&W Services (formerly Unicco/DTZ)
Commercial Cleaning Services (formerly Koprash)
Compass Canada
Hallmark Housekeeping Services
Magic Maintenance

AND are part of the Central Janitorial Collective Agreement (city-wide CBAs.)

 

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Very Important Meeting

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