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Chapter 2 : The Environment COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
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Labour Complaints Against Amazon nt-1.4998744 A union representing Ontario couriers are alleging the e-commerce giant engaged in unfair labour practices that resulted in the termination of employees, the closure of one courier company's Mississauga operations and the bankruptcy of another. In a series of applications filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board in July, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada Local 175: o Accused Amazon subsidiary Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services Inc., of using its control over sub-contractors to create a "chilling effect" meant to influence them to not "support, assist or co-operate with" the organization of a union.
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The union is seeking a declaration that Amazon violated the Employment Standards Act and is demanding it reinstate and compensate laid-off courier drivers from two subcontracted companies for lost wages. The union alleges the couriers are typically paid within Amazon's suggested wage rate range — between $15 and $17.50 an hour — and work 12 hour days, but can see those shifts reduced or extended depending on the number of deliveries assigned, weather, the time of year and traffic. Every hour a driver must deliver between 15 and 25 packages an hour and if they fall behind, they'll be texted about their deficiency and directed to catch up, the union alleges. Drivers must work until all their packages are delivered and Amazon has the authority — and allegedly often exercises it — to send couriers back on the road to complete deliveries that were not successful during the day, the union says.
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The documents also explain the reductions were initially blamed on the Christmas rush being over and the start of the year's slow period, but by June, couriers got an email announcing the immediate closure of the company's Mississauga operation due to "unstable and declining volumes." The workers were allegedly placed on permanent layoff. Amazon spokesperson said: "Not only did Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services Inc., not discriminate against delivery service providers on the basis of their union or non-union status, but the data is clear that the unionized delivery service providers did not experience any form of differential treatment from non-unionized delivery service providers." In their own filings Stedfasts Inc. and All Canadian Final Mile said they had no knowledge of most of the allegations put forward by the union and denied most of the remaining claims.
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Websites Jurisdiction of the Federal Government and Provinces - Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act British Columbia Human Rights Code British Columbia Human Rights Commission
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Websites Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Canadian Human Rights Act Ontario Human Rights Code Ontario Human Rights Commission
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