Unifor members gather in Durham to support cleaning staff on strike

Unifor workers from across the GTA gathered to join with cleaning workers employed by GDI Services who are picketing at Durham College and Ontario Tech University. The workers have reportedly received temporary layoff notices from GDI and been informed that their employment will resume if they cross the picket line. “Telling employees they will be laid off unless they cross a legal picket line is illegal,” commented York University Professor David Doorey, who noted that the union may file for unfair labour practice. Unifor also alleges that scab workers are being used to perform the cleaning duties on campus, which the union says compromises the sanitary conditions. Approximately 70 workers began legal strike action in late August and have been without a contract since the end of 2021. Newswire| The Toronto Star (Acct. Req.)| Durham Radio| InSauga PS. On September 12th, the strike came to an end as the parties negotiated a contract that includes “significant” wage and benefit increases. inSauga Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.