For immediate release July 6, 2016, 1pm
"The university is attacking its custodial staff by using every legal loophole to contract out their work to lower-paid contractors," said Labour Council President Marc Xuereb. "Laurier's tagline is 'Inspiring Lives.' This kind of conduct doesn't inspire lives: it inspires poverty. That's what you're doing when you replace good jobs with pensions and benefits with precarious jobs that offer no job security and pay below the living wage."
"The labour movement in Waterloo Region will not stand back and watch as local public institutions destroy good jobs," Xuereb said. "We have been pushing for reforms to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act to bring about better protections for all workers, unionized or not, and at the same time we need to resist the elimination of jobs that actually have decent working conditions."
For details about Friday's event, and more background on the labour dispute, see wrlc.ca/rally_to_support_cupe_926.
For further comment, contact:
Marc Xuereb, President
Waterloo Regional Labour Council