Wed., Oct. 27, 2021
CAMBRIDGE — A Cambridge company violated the collective agreement with its unionized employees by failing to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a paid holiday, an arbitrator has ruled.
The arbitrator this week ordered National Grocers Co. Ltd. to compensate “all affected employees for any losses resulting from this violation.”
The company, a division of Loblaw Companies Ltd., operates a food distribution warehouse on Fountain Street North. The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1006A, represents more than 900 workers.
The contract between National Grocers and the union recognizes 10 holidays and says if the federal or provincial government declares another “legal holiday,” the company will recognize it as a paid holiday.
Federal legislation on June 3 created the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, observed on Sept. 30.