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Cleaners at Toronto police services facilities held a video vigil September 18 to protest the citys attempt to contract-out their jobs.

The 41 cleaners, members of CUPE 79, set up a wide-screen TV under a canopy in front of Torontos city hall. They leafleted and talked to passers-by while the video showed their testimony in front of a council committee.

Our members spoke from the heart two weeks ago, said local president Ann Dembinski. Since three councillors refused to listen, we thought wed offer them a second chance to hear why this contracting out is such a bad idea.

The committee referred the issue to city council, which will decide next week whether or not to contract-out the cleaners jobs.

More than 1,600 police officers have signed petitions against the move, citing concerns that a revolving door of low-wage contract cleaners will compromise the security of their police stations.