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Quebec Union Federation Sends Cease and Desist to Amazon Montreal
Amazon workers at the Lachine warehouse in Montreal are trying to unionize to seek better working conditions and industry wages, but they're experiencing union-busting methods from higher ups at Amazon. This is taking the form of advertising, threats and text messages sent out to unionizing employees.
Amazon is still fairly new in Canada, with the opening of the Montreal warehouse two years ago in July of 2020. Complaints from organizers include that Amazon has been functioning under the laws of the United States, and not of Quebec. While Amazon is not shy about interfering with the union, their efforts directly break Quebec’s Labour Code which explicitly states that it is illegal for an employer to interfere with one’s decision to join a union.
Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), the second largest trade union federation in Quebec, has been working closely with the Montreal Amazon Workers Union (MAWU) to help with unionization efforts and to hold Amazon legally accountable for their attempts at disrupting the union.
CSN vice president David Bergeron-Cyr said, “Obviously they think they are in the United States of America, they don’t understand that they are in Quebec. Because they are interfering with the organizing drive right now it’s illegal."
He said that CSN a cease and desist to Amazon because they were defying labor codes.
"They don’t have the right to interfere with our organizing efforts," said Bergeron-Cyr. "The employees have the right to want to be a part of a union and they are trying to discourage this.”
CSN has sent two lawyer’s letters to Amazon regarding their illegal intimidation tactics. The scale of Amazon makes it nearly impossible to compete with.