Contract Maintained for CAW Members at Aramark

March 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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After a strong fightback from CAW, contract cleaners at a Kitchener, Ontario hospital continue as CAW members even after their work was awarded to a new contractor.

"This is an important victory for this group of workers who displayed solidarity when there was clearly an attempt to win concessions and cutbacks by awarding the new contract to another employer," said CAW Kitchener area director Bill Gibson. 

Contract cleaners Aramark have agreed to maintain staffing and honour the collective agreement covering cleaners at the Grand River Hospital's Freeport site in Kitchener, Ontario.

Aramark won the renewal contract for cleaning at the facility from Sodexo, the previous contract service, after it was put up for tender four months ago. CAW Local 1106 represents 65 full-time and part-time workers at the facility.

"The CAW applied significant pressure to ensure the new employer accepted the workers and the collective agreement," Gibson said. "Fighting back makes a difference."

The contract expires in June 2012.


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