Stand up for women at Elizabeth Fry Toronto
Please treat workers at Elizabeth Fry Toronto with
respect during conciliation
CUT AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE:
Dear Michelle Coombs,
Elizabeth Fry Toronto is an organization committed to justice. As the
Executive Director, I am asking that you show this commitment to your own
Elizabeth Fry Toronto’s revenues and programming have increased more than
20% since 2007. This is a great success, for which Elizabeth Fry Toronto
Management should be applauded. In spite of this success there has been no
increase to the number of permanent positions. Contract and casual
positions mean lack of continuity in those who deliver programs, a lack of
stability for the workers affecting their well-being and mental health and
an erosion of the programming so important to the clients who depend on
60% of Elizabeth Fry Toronto staff are contract or casual, and these workers
are the very ones Elizabeth Fry Management is attempting to attack in this
round of negotiations. It is unjust to ask these workers to accept an
erosion of their minimal rights.
Contingent work is no way to build success – it is called exploitation.
Permanent positions must be created to give contingent workers a share in
the Agency’s success. Those workers who remain on the casual rolls must be
given regular and fair access to shifts on a rotational cycle based on
Management’s own seniority list.
Please ensure that Elizabeth Fry Toronto comes to conciliation on September
14, 2012 with a mandate to settle negotiations with a fair and reasonable
deal for their workers.