University of Toronto service workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 3261 are petitioning for the university to stop contracting out their work. The petition, Stop Contracting Out, was launched after the university transferred cleaning jobs in buildings related to the faculties of law, music, and dentistry to a contract cleaning company.
CUPE 3261 members have a collective agreement with U of T, so they receive benefits that contract workers do not. U of T does require contractors to be unionized. Scott Mabury, vice president of university operations said that none of the university’s unionized caretaking staff would lose their jobs because of the switch to contract workers.