CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Janitor's Rights

From the age of 14, Isaias Garcia cleaned office buildings, waxing floors and scrubbing bathrooms, as long as 16 hours a day.

For the first 40 hours a week, he says, he was paid under the name Ramon Caballero, and for the next 40 hours as Iziqueil Gonzalez. The cleaning company's managers used these names of former employees, he says, to avoid paying him time-and-a-half.

July 13, 2005 Steven Greenhouse The New York Times

This content of US article can probably be taken elsewhere in the world just as easily.

The value of having a Union again would have helped injustice of this type.

As our local states regularly reminds management:
We may clean the door mats but we refuse to be the door mats.

Ken Barger, as President CUPE Local 1356 as was stated in a Committee meeting at York University in the 1990's,
Ken is currently the Local's Vice-President.


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