Kuehne + Nagel workers strike in Mississauga

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by Emily Atkins

Members of the union serving forwarder Kuehne +Nagel are on strike a the company’s Hogan warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario.

Unifor local 1285’s 140 workers at the distribution centre are striking over “unfair wages”. The union said key issues include wages, refusal to provide full-time jobs and respect for workers.

The workers were in a legal strike position as of December 1, 2022 but continued negotiations in an attempt to reach a fair deal. On December 4, the workers turned down the company’s ‘final offer’, with 93 percent voting to reject it.

The strike started on December 5, 2022.

“It is disappointing but not surprising that this greedy multi-national corporation is trying to short change warehouse workers at the busiest time of the year,” said Lana Payne, Unifor national president.

“Management viciously fought our members’ union drive in 2018. They lost. And the faster they move on from that, get back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract, the better.”

Kuehne + Nagel fought the unionization drive, taking their opposition to both the Labour Board and the Supreme Court, which ruled in favour of the workers.

Major clients served by the Hogan warehouse include major providers of cell phones and devices, diabetes management supplies including Accu-Chek, medical supplies including Steri-Strip, and Ensure nutritional products.

“We work incredibly hard to make sure our customers get what they need when they need it and I think that’s reflected in the company’s soaring profits,” said Unifor Local 1285 Unit Chair Joseph Evans. “What we want is fair and reasonable and well within the company’s bottom line. Our wages should reflect the hard work that we do and what this massive corporation could so easily afford.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.