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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