Non-Profit Temporary Work Centre, 4-U
Organization profile published 1983

Year Published:  1983
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2806

In Octubre 1971, four people with a common concern for unemployed persons living in the downtown core of Toronto, formed the Tri-Church Committee on the Unemployed.Their priorities were: to create adiversion program for those individuals on their way to "skid row"; to act as a vehicle for those entrenched in the row but wishing to get out; and to assist those individuals with temporary employment needs and no desire to change their lifestyle.
In 1972, 4-U was incorporated as a non-profit corporation. Its goals were:
- to arrange temporary employment for those seeking work;
- to be a functioning part of a network of services for "skid row" individuals;
- to encourage workers to share in the management of 4-U;
- to encourage employers to act in a responsible manner toward temporary labourers;
- to improve the standards of the temporary employment industry; and
- to establish a "corporate membership" consisting of workers, staff, and an elected board of directors.
In the early to mid-seventies, the number of workers 4-U placed in temporary jobs was relatively high (sometimes as many as 100 per day). As the rate of unemployment climbed,and unions developed stricter contracts that limited companies" ability to deal with peak-productions by hiring temporary workers,the number of individuals 4-U placed steadily declined. In 1980, 4-U was able to obtain a much needed government grant, and thereby continue to operate.

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.
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