Fast Food Chain Locks Out And Replaces Workers Over 10 Cent Raise Demand

A ten cent raise dispute has led to a lockout at one of Canada’s most famous fast food chains.

CBC reports:

“Several staff members from a unionized Tim Hortons location picketed at the corner of Winnipeg’s Portage Avenue and Main Street Friday, with their union saying they were locked out following failed negotiations.

The union, Workers United Canada, tweeted a photo of workers and people protesting in solidarity, holding signs that read “Locked out” and ‘Tim Hortons Lombard Workers Wanting a Fair Wage Increase . . .’

Andy Spence, western representative for Workers United, told CBC the workers deserve more.

‘They definitely want to make sure that we are fighting for their rights,’ he said.

‘We are doing everything we can to get the support back at the table and asking for the proper wage increase, and a very fair wage increase.’

Fifteen staff at the location voted to unionize with Workers United in July 2017. They were the second group of staff from a Winnipeg Tim Hortons franchise to unionize since 2015.

The lockout comes after failed bargaining negotiations this fall, said Spence.

Staff at the unionized Tim Hortons location make $11.75 per hour. That’s now 10 cents above minimum wage in Manitoba, following a 30 cent per hour increase last fall to bring the minimum to $11.65.

‘Our wage is already near to minimum wage,’ said Singh. ‘In today’s world, it’s going to be not possible for us to survive.’

Collective bargaining agreements at the two unionized shops expired Oct. 1.

The Lombard location workers were seeking a wage increase of 30 cents an hour, but Spence said the franchise owner offered a raise of 20 cents an hour.

The workers recently voted 95 per cent in favour of striking, said Spence, and the union and staff were notified two weeks ago of a lockout that would begin Jan. 3.”

For the rest of the story, visit the CBC here.

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