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Roughly 300 janitors walk off job

August 17, 2009
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TORONTO, ON, Canada — After rejecting the latest contract offer, about 300 janitors have walked off the job at Terminal 1 at Pearson International Airport, according to The Toronto Star.
The janitors, represented by Local 183 of the Labourers'' International Union of North America (LIUNA), have left management staff with no other option but to perform the duties themselves until a contract is agreed upon, the story stated.
The Greater Toronto Airport Authority said that passengers could see an impact in cleanliness, but they are not anticipating it to be issue, the story noted.
Michael O''Brian, spokesperson for LIUNA Local 183, said: "The belief is that the scope of the work and the amount of work has increased in magnitude, but the wages have not. It was the individuals in the bargaining unit who were upset and we represent their interests."
The strike began shortly after midnight on Friday, August 14 and it remains unclear if and when it will end, the story added.
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