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posted 03 August 2006 07:30 AM      Profile for spatrioter     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I got this from an email...

Urgent Action Alert:

SUPPORT Toronto Star Carriers

Newspaper Carriers who deliver the Toronto Star in Scarborough have begun a work stoppage to protest working conditions and the firing of 5 leaders.

Carriers deliver thousands of papers in Scarborough in the middle of the night, often for only $4.10 an hour. Carriers formed an association last year to fight for better working conditions and wages.

On Monday July 31, their employer, Partrek Distribution fired 5 leaders who had been democratically elected to represent carriers in negotiations with management.

Carriers need your immediate support in their fight for justice:


PLEASE CALL the Toronto Star TODAY 416-367-2000
- tell them you will cancel your subscription unless carriers are treated fairly and fired workers are re-instated


CALL the Toronto Star TODAY 416-367-2000
CALL Partrek Distribution TODAY 416-208-9917
- tell them you are very concerned about how carriers are being treated and want to see fired workers re-instated immediately

For more info call the Workers Action Centre

(416) 531-0778

Background Information from a Carrier:

Through rain, snow and humid weathers throughout 364 days of the year we try to do our best to bring the paper to our customer's front door. When everybody is asleep we wake up at 2:45am to go and get the papers. Recently we formed an association to ask for a few cents more for our service but our employer fired five of our democratically elected representatives.

Monday through Friday we get 19 cents per delivery. Saturday we get 60 cents and Sunday we get 20 cents per paper. However:

* If we miss a delivery they charge us $4.00 each.

* If there is a customer complaint we could be deducted a whole day's pay. If there is a second complaint, our deposit (over $500) could be taken.

* If the paper is damaged or the papers get wet they charge us $10.00.

* We have to buy our own plastic bags, rubber bands and the collection envelops.

* In the last 9 years gas prices have increased 61% - but we're still getting the same rate of pay. The $20.00 gas voucher we receive does not cover it

* Even though customers pay more for their newspaper, we have never received any increase.

* When we take all our costs we are getting paid around 6 cents per paper ($4.10 / hour) This is less than the Ontario minimum wage. Many of us work 2 or 3 jobs just to support our families and make ends meet.

Our five representatives were just fired at 2:45 am on Monday July 31, 2006 without any warning. Some of these carriers were working for 18 years delivering newspapers. We feel we must stand together and say this is not right. I hope you will help and call the Toronto Star today to lend your support

From: Trinity-Spadina | Registered: Mar 2002  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 560

posted 03 August 2006 08:04 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for posting this. Those working conditions sound absolutely awful! They get paid a little over 4 bucks an hour and yet they have to buy all the elastics and plastic bags? And they get docked a day's pay if there is a complaint? And what's this about a "$500 deposit"? They have to give $500 in order to get a 4 buck per hour job?

Holy crap. Time to get a union, folks.

From: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 12739

posted 08 August 2006 03:03 PM      Profile for Pearson        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You should notify the Atkinson Foundation.

They will be horrified to learn that the Toronto Star is now a prime example of everything Joe worked against.

From: 905 Oasis | Registered: Jun 2006  |  IP: Logged

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