Union wants 'justice for janitors'

Office cleaners fight for pay rights
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/31/2008

One of Toronto's four biggest cleaning companies has purposefully misclassified more than one-quarter of its workforce in order to circumvent labour protection laws, claims a North American union.

The Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) Local 2 has filed a complaint against Hallmark Housekeeping Services Inc. with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, alleging rampant employment violations, threats and firings of cleaners and interference with the union process.

In its complaint, the union alleges Hallmark misclassified more than 25 per cent of cleaners as "subcontractors," evading labour protection laws and denying workers their rights.