TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2012) - David Hulchanski and Grace-Edward Galabuzi will present an Open Letter tomorrow asking Council to stop contracting out cleaning jobs. The letter has been signed by 100 leading academics from the University of Toronto, Ryerson and York University. Citing the alarming growth of poverty and precarious, low-paying jobs in Toronto, the letter urges Council to protect good jobs instead of allowing City Management to make short-sighted decisions that will harm the working poor and already hurting communities.

Last week, City Management awarded one of the first contracts to Impact cleaning, a company notorious for violating the City's Fair Wage Policy and underpaying immigrant workers and undocumented workers. The open letter states that the decision to contract out hundreds of good jobs will have detrimental long-term consequences, deepening the current job crisis and affecting immigrants and women the most.

WHAT Media Conference to present Open Letter to Mayor Ford and City Council from 100 researchers and professors from the City of Toronto
WHO J. David Hulchanski, Associate Director Research, Cities Centre, University of Toronto
Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
WHEN 10:00 am
Thursday, Feb 16, 2012
WHERE Colin Vaughan Media Lounge (Press Gallery)
Ground Floor, Toronto City Hall

Contact Information:

Justice & Dignity for Cleaners
Preethy Sivakumar
416 937 9378 (cell and text)