(CHATHAM, ON) – Although the Navistar truck assembly plant in Chatham has been closed for some eight years, Unifor locals 35 and 127 have been working on a grievance to rectify a denial of severance for the workers. Now, an arbitrator has ruled in favour of the employees with an award issued by Owen Shime.
While Unifor calls this a, “… victory for the workers and the families,” it is now focused on making sure all workers will get their severance.
Unifor fought in the belief Navistar was violating the principles of the Employment Standards Act in its denial of severance to, what it claims, were entitled Navistar employees.
In a news release, Unifor said that Ontario’s, “… Employment Standards Act provides for severance to those who have greater than five (5) years employment with the corporation. The Employment Standards Act provides one week of severance pay based upon regular wages for each year of service, to a max of twenty six (26) weeks.”
The award, it says, will be applicable to the estates of deceased members of both locals.
To proceed, Unifor says it is critical for Navistar workers to update the company with their current contact information if they have changed addresses. To do this they can email Unifor directly.
Unifor says the arbitration result is, “… an incredible victory.”
It also credited Windsor native and former Unifor president Ken Lewenza, Sr, for his help. Lewenza, after his retirement, “… remained committed to working on this important file.”