Cleaners' Action Newsletter
Periodical profile published 1979
Year Published: 1979
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX978
Cleaner's Action is a monthly newspaper published in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Abstract: Cleaner's Action is a monthly newspaper published in Portuguese, English and Spanish. It aims at keeping those people who are working as commercial cleaners informed of actions and legislation that affect them in their occupation.
This issue of Cleaner's Action features an article on the experience of Adelia Pereira, during a unionizing campaign at Federated Building Maintenance Company, where she was employed. Before the vote, the company launched a counterattack on the union campaign so that many of the workers were afraid to vote for the union. Because of this, those workers for the union got only 52% of the needed 55% of the vote needed for automatic certification. One of the tactics used by the company to cut down votes had been to offer workers one extra week's vacation if they wanted to their homeland. Many took this opportunity and were re-hired upon their return to the same job.
Adelia Pereira, described as a worker active in the campaign for the union, also took the opportunity to return to her home. However, upon her return she was told here was no work for her. She went to the Canadian Food and Associated Services Union who in turn took her case to the Labour Relations Board. Through the course of the trial it became clear that the company did not have a strong case, and therefore offered her her job back. Ms. Pereira took what she perceived to be an unjust act against her and raised her voice in order that she and her co-workers would be treated with respect and justice in the future.