Warehouses are vulnerable to closures in times of economic contraction or shifting geographies of supply and demand. . In tough economic times, employment standards regarding severance do not adequately protect non-union workers.
Additionally, the increasing use of subcontracting and third-party warehousing companies can create two-tiered workplaces and undermine employment standards.
Collective agreements can protect workers’ job security from outside contractors by outlining work that must be done by a union member.
During collective bargaining, Unifor also works to negotiate enhanced severance provisions that make the cost of plant closure prohibitive and ensures that members are taken care of in the event of shut down or job elimination due to automation.