University of Toronto food service workers seeking better wages and benefits
June 12, 2012
Toronto Star--As black-gowned graduates paraded outside the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall Tuesday, campus food service workers offered congratulations, a crossword puzzle -- and a plea for help.
About 300 members of UNITE HERE Local 75 who serve food and drink at U of T's downtown and Scarborough campuses are seeking better wages and benefits from their employers, Aramark Canada Ltd. and Compass Group Canada.
About two dozen union members handed out neon yellow information flyers with a crossword puzzle on the back for grads and their guests to complete while they waited for the ceremony to start. They used the occasion to draw attention to their plight and to put pressure on the university to step in on their behalf.