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Stop contracting out cleaning jobs

February 24, 2012

TORONTO — In order to stop the alarming growth of working poor, the city must stop its practice of contracting out cleaning services, according to the Toronto Star.

"Turning good jobs into poverty wage jobs will only deepen the current job crisis," they say in an open letter to Mayor Rob Ford and council being released Thursday.

"Toronto''s budget issues should not be resolved at the expense of these cleaners, their families and their neighborhoods," the letter added.

The demand comes in the wake of a recent report that shows more than 70,700 workers in Toronto are struggling to get by on poverty-level wages, a number that jumped by 8.2 percent between 2000 and 2005, the article stated.

According to the article, it also comes a week after the Toronto Police Service signed a $1.7 million one-year contract with a private cleaning company, eliminating 100 jobs with benefits that paid about $20 an hour.

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