The Star: Richtree Market Labour Dispute Ends


TORONTO — The 20-month long disagreement in Toronto between Richtree Market and Unite Here Local 75, the union representing the 50 employees who lost their jobs last year, has come to an end, reports the Toronto Star.

The dispute occurred after the restaurant moved locations in the Eaton Centre and failed to re-hire previous employees, arguing the unions rights didn’t apply to the new site. “I found it to be quite farcical, to think that Richtree and their management in the United States felt that they could shut down this store and reopen 50 metres away with all new staff,” Kristyn Wong-Tam, city councillor, local ward representaive, is quoted as saying by the Star.

Last week, a new collective agreement was ratified between the 140 non-unionized workers at Richtree Market. Under the new agreement, the 50 employees who lost their jobs can resume work with the same level seniority — ending the 20-month dispute. []


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