Resisting Precarity in Toronto's Municipal Sector: The Justice and Dignity for Cleaners Campaign

  • Jenny Carson
  • Myer Siemiatycki

Abstract

This paper examines a relative rarity in recent Canadian labour-staterelations: the successful resistance by public sector workers and their allies togovernment-driven employment precarity. At stake was Toronto mayor RobFord’s determination to contract out a thousand jobs held by city cleaners. Inresponse, the cleaners and the city’s labour movement launched a Justice andDignity for Cleaners campaign to preserve these jobs as living wageemployment. Effective coalition building behind a morally compelling campaign,together with some fortuitous political alignments,has forestalled city efforts toprivatize a significant yet undervalued segment ofthe workforce. Ourexamination of the Justice and Dignity for Cleanerscampaign reveals thatresistance to precarity is not futile, notwithstanding some attendant ambiguity ofwhat constitutes a labour victory.
How to Cite
CARSON, Jenny; SIEMIATYCKI, Myer. Resisting Precarity in Toronto's Municipal Sector: The Justice and Dignity for Cleaners Campaign. Just Labour, [S.l.], dec. 2014. Available at: <http://justlabour.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/justlabour/article/view/10>. Date accessed: 20 nov. 2017.
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