A first in Canada: Amazon workers in Laval are unionized

A first in Canada: Amazon workers in Laval are unionized
A first in Canada: Amazon workers in Laval are unionized

The 200 employees of the Amazon warehouse in Laval are now represented by a union, making them the web giant’s first unionized workers in Canada.

On April 19, the CSN filed a request with the Administrative Labor Tribunal (TAT) to represent the employees of Amazon’s DXT4 warehouse, rue Ernest-Cormier in Laval.

After carrying out its investigation, the TAT finally ruled and recognized “that a majority of employees […] have chosen to join their union in order to begin negotiations leading to a first collective agreement,” we read in a CSN press release on Monday. Now that they are unionized, Amazon has a legal obligation to negotiate a collective contract, it was clarified.

“First and foremost, it is a very big victory for women and men from Latin America, Chad, the Maghreb and Asia, who were not afraid to stand up to ensure their rights are respected,” declared the president of the CSN, Caroline Senneville.

According to what the CSN reports, these are the exaggerated work rates, the “totally deficient” occupational health and safety measures as well as the “significantly lower” salaries than those offered in the warehouse and distribution center sector in Quebec. which motivated workers to come together.

The union center, however, affirmed that Amazon announced, on May 6, its intention to contest the TAT’s decision.

A first general assembly of the union will be held “in the coming days” to establish its statutes and regulations and elect union representatives.

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