• Petitioned City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79

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City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79

Show part time recreation workers you care as much as they do

    1. Petition by

      Recreation Workers

Part time recreation workers are the face of the City of Toronto. They enrich the city. They keep people active, healthy and happy. They are the smiling faces and trusted hands that guide, teach, and guard thousands of participants and patrons, young and old each day. The Kaplan arbitration award harmonizing wages and classifications is an insult to these dedicated employees. In grossly undervalues their worth and their contributions to this city. It has already resulted in cancelled programming as employees are forced to look elsewhere for jobs to pay for living expenses. The award assumes that part-time recreation employees are transient workers, who rarely ever work for a year. As a result of this assumption, it cut wages, made experience and qualifications meaningless, and essentially ensures what it assumed. Staff will not be able to continue working for the City and the citizens of Toronto will lose these valuable employees and the priceless contributions they make to their communities.

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    Reasons for signing

    • judith howard TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      why are P. T. workers being treated with such a disposable mentality ??

    • Janet Keith TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a dedicated fitness class participant for over 30 years I know how a good instructor can motivate a class and how a bad instructor can cause injuries and demotivate participants. The city's instructors are first rate. They are essential in promoting and maintaining a healthy life-style for Torontians. Indirectly they save the city and province health care money. To reduce their salary and terms of employment is insulting and disgraceful. They deserve a slap on the back - not a slap in the face.

      • over 2 years ago

      Part time workers don't even earn a full salary, but are needed because the City cannnot offer their services on a permanent basis, while people (like me, as a senior citizen) need their help on a regular basis to maintain our good health. They don't even earn enough to survive, but now having their salary cut by 25% is like pushing them even more into misery. It's a shame that the City is targetting and oppressing these workers that are the most exposed and defenceless.

    • j ng TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Not while the Sunshine List goes unscathed n ticket collectors n cops get over $100K per year.

    • Villa Kristjanson-Thomas ETOBICOKE, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I do not understand the logic in reducing the salaries of our part-time fitness instructors. To my knowledge ALL of the fitness instructors are part-time, at least they are at Memorial where I attend classes. Are there any full-time instructors?

      I also feel that is important for the quality of instruction to remain high so that there are fewer injuries and higher patronage.

      Some of these instructors drive long distances to teach one or two classes. Let's keep it viable for them.


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