Reliance Home Comfort, an Ontario-based HVAC company, has locked out hundreds of employees the moment the weather starts to warm up.
Unifor, the union representing the workers, says 830 members of Local 1999 were locked out after disputes at the negotiating table.
“The Unifor members at Reliance have worked through the winter and the pandemic to make sure our homes are warm and comfortable during the lockdowns, and now the company is throwing them aside,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president. “These employees are proud to serve Reliance customers, but we haven’t seen any movement on major employer issues this week.”
“We were willing to negotiate around the clock to avoid a lockout and potential disruption to customers,” said James Tauvette, President of Local 1999. “But the company was unwilling to significantly change their position. which was rejected by membership. We cannot reach a fair collective agreement without Reliance’s good faith participation. “