District 78 Organizes Transfreight in Ontario

A drastic pay cut for workers at Transfreight Logistics in Woodstock, ON created a keen appreciation for a collective bargaining agreement and helped drive a District 78 organizing effort to a rapid and successful conclusion.

“The employer used the recession as an excuse to cut the wages of each employee here by $1.50/hour,” explained District 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. “If the wages were cut once the workers feared the employer would do it again. Our Apprentice Organizer Derek Ferguson was instrumental in this organizing victory. He advised the workers that a collective agreement would protect their wages and prevent the employer from cutting wages just because they felt like it.”

The 55 members perform warehouse and stores related duties at the Woodstock facility which services the automotive industry in southern Ontario.