Loomis Express workers could strike Wednesday

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by Emily Atkins

Loomis Express workers in eight provinces have served strike notice.

Almost 1,500 Unifor members can begin legal strike action in their respective time zones at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday August 31, 2022.

The union warned in late July that a strike vote was likely, as a result of poor progress at the negotiating table.

“This is yet another example of a huge corporation squeezing employees by shuffling work between subsidiaries or contracting out to avoid providing workers with decent full-time jobs,” said Lana Payne, Unifor national president.

“These members work in the fast-growing courier sector but many remain limited to precarious part-time work.”

The Loomis workers, members of Unifor Locals 114, 4050, 755, 4457 and 4005, have been working without a contract since March 31, 2022.

The national bargaining committee is negotiating on behalf of hourly drivers, owner-operators, call centre staff, clerical, and warehouse workers represented by Unifor in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Loomis Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transforce Incorporated.

Strike action could impact Transforce businesses including Canpar Express, ICS Courier, TForce Final Mile and TForce Integrated Solutions.

Payne said the bargaining committee is willing to continue negotiations up until the strike deadline.