Teachers and other staff at a Toronto private school have voted to join Unifor, seeking greater job security, transparency and a voice in how they are compensated.
“All those who work to teach our young people deserve to be treated with respect and to have decent working conditions,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.
Some 40 teachers and staff in administration, information technology, fundraising, custodian services and extended care at The Mabin School, a not-for-profit alternative private school in Toronto’s Annex area, voted overwhelmingly last month to join Unifor.
The school serves 150 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6 and was founded in 1980.
Among the first tasks for the new Mabin School union’s bargaining committee is to determine the members’ priorities and bargain a first collective agreement with the employer.
The staff will be members of Unifor Local 87-M, a composite Local of knowledge workers across southern Ontario, including ESL teachers EC Toronto, newspapers such as the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, and House of Commons broadcast and IT employees.
“We are thrilled to welcome The Mabin School employees as new members into Unifor and our Local,” said Paul Morse, president of Local 87-M.