Laval, July 1, 2022 – The 100 or so workers at Molson-Coors distribution centers across the province have overwhelmingly rejected management’s final offers. They also gave their union a strong strike mandate at recent union meetings.
These members of Teamsters Local Union 1999 work primarily in delivery and warehouse operations across the province.
The scenario of a labor dispute at the Distribution Center and the Montreal plant seems to be repeating itself, which shows that Molson-Coors management has not learned any lessons from the strike that disrupted its activities for several months,” said Michel Héroux, president of Local Union 1999. Management is arrogant and does not listen to the demands of our bargaining committee.
“Our members are disappointed with this turn of events.”
There are many issues in dispute, including hours and days of work, sick days, wage indexing, contract length and job security, which are at the heart of the dispute between the parties.
Teamsters Canada, to which Local Union 1999 is affiliated, has just completed its XIIIth Convention in Montreal. Several distinguished guests came to make speeches, including Senator Hassan Yussuf and Chrystia Freeland, the Deputy Prime Minister. All of the people who came to address the convention reiterated the importance of a union like the Teamsters remaining strong.
“Politicians and experts in labor law are urging us to hold the fort and continue to fight to improve the lot of workers,” said François Laporte, president of Teamsters Canada. ” It is surprising that a company the size of Molson-Coors has not understood that the situation has changed, that our members must be treated with respect. These workers can easily find jobs elsewhere in a context of labour shortage.”
If talks do not resume in the next few days or weeks, the Teamsters Union could exercise its right to strike at any time.
The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada. They are affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has 1.4 million members in North America.