We had to put the $15 in place. The Law of the Land allowed employers with existing collective agreements to delay increases. Without him, we would not be able to sign a collective agreement. We made it clear to the employer that no collective agreement would be signed for full-time and part-time workers without a minimum wage of $15 for casual workers. We have also introduced a provision for equal pay for substantially similar work, which is expected to come into force in May 2019 – before the deadline for workers with collective agreements in the January 2020 legislation. Collective agreements set out the terms and conditions of employment of unionized workers as well as the rights, privileges and obligations of the union, employer and workers. The university and LOCAL 4120 ratified their collective renewal agreement on September 14, 2020. Please register to access the COMPATIBLE WITH THE ETC Local 4120 agreement. In the North American labour movement, striking workers often use the slogan “One Day Longer” to emphasize their determination to take the time it takes to satisfy their demands and their belief that change is actually possible. The spirit behind this slogan, with its combination of commitment and optimism, is also at the heart of this book. My entire career in the trade union movement was based on the belief that workers, on strike or not, should remain united and committed to serious obstacles in the face of serious obstacles. If they did, they would be in a strong position to achieve their tariff objectives and achieve the broader goal of creating a fairer and more democratic society. Today I am the same conviction.
 The contrast between a for-profit company like Aramark and the staff at the University of Toronto is great. When, after the end of its contract with Aramark, the university “stopped” food services on the St. George campus, they became employed by UofT and were covered by the collective agreement of CUPE Local 3261. Their salaries and benefits have increased dramatically. For example, a full-time cashier was paid $12 an hour at Aramark, but rose to $19.69 when he was employed directly by UofT. Leanne: UNITE HERE Local 75 members have entered into a collective agreement with Aramark on the University of Toronto`s Scarborough campus as part of contract food services. These Aramark employees also went on strike with their colleagues in York in March 2017. This has had a profound impact on UTSC workers and students. It was troubling to see workers in Canada`s largest and richest post-secondary institution lead a picket line for a $15 minimum wage.
To win them, we coordinated our negotiating dates and proposed tariff changes; We coordinated our strike dates and conciliation requests, worked together to improve the working conditions of full-time, part-time and casual workers at U de T. And we continue to support university workers who are members of CUPE 3902, while continuing to negotiate a collective agreement for their largest bargaining unit. During Williams` tenure as head of the USW, the union moved from industry-wide collective bargaining to smaller, more specific bargaining units.  This structural change has been associated with increased profit-sharing and job security as objectives of the union in negotiations.  Leanne: Most collective agreements at the University of Toronto expired on June 30, 2017. We usually have 3-year collective agreements, so we started imagining what a good employer might look like by 2020.