Workers Vote for Union at Exclusive Toronto Private School

    Upper Canada College foodservice and cleaning staff join UNITE HERE

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Cleaning and foodservice workers at one of
Toronto's most exclusive private schools, Upper Canada College, have voted
decisively to join the union UNITE HERE.
    The workers, who are employed by the multi-service giant Aramark, provide
food service in the school's cafeterias and dining halls as well as cleaning
services throughout the school, including in the student's residences.
    "This is a great day for the Aramark workers at UCC," said Alex Dagg,
National Co-Director of UNITE HERE Canada. "For too many years, and through
successive employers, these workers have been making low wages, with few
benefits. This isn't good for these workers and it isn't good for the quality
of service they can provide to the students at UCC. That's why parents and
students at the school have been increasingly joining with these workers,
encouraging them to join our union."
    Aramark workers at UCC have been campaigning for union recognition for a
couple of months and join workers at the Toronto French School who recently
joined UNITE HERE.
    "The Aramark workers at UCC have stood up and demanded dignity and
respect at work by joining our union," said Dagg. "We know that with UNITE
HERE, these workers and the students they serve, will do better."

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For further information: Wynne Hartviksen at (416) 473-2632

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