The long fight for severance money owed to workers at a closed Navistar plant in southwestern Ontario concluded on February 28 with an arbitrated decision awarding all entitled workers their outstanding payments under the Employment Standards Act.
“This is a significant victory for these workers and their families,” said Jerry Dias, National President of Unifor, which represents the workers. “It is simply appalling that a company as large as Navistar could be so heartless and attempt to deny its long-serving and dedicated workers the money they are legally owed. Navistar’s greed hurt many families for years as this fight continued and that is inexcusable.”
Production at the Navistar plant in Chatham stopped in June 2009, with the company announcing the plant's permanent closure in July 2011. The company refused to pay its workers, members of Unifor Locals 35 and 127, the severance as required under Ontario law.
“There was never any question that Unifor would dedicate the resources needed to bring justice for these workers,” said Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer Bob Orr.
For more detail, go to unifor.org/navistar.