- This morning, members of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) and the Fédération du commerce (FC–CSN) protested at Canada Bread’s head office in Etobicoke, Ontario.
- The CSN and FC-CSN unions are protesting ongoing pension issues on behalf of some of its members who formerly belonged to the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) at Multi-Marques, a subsidiary of Canada Bread based in Laval, Quebec.
- The pension plan in question is a BCTGM-sponsored multi-employer pension plan registered in Quebec, which is managed by a board of equal numbers of Company and BCTGM Union appointed Trustees. It is not a Canada Bread pension plan. As one of several participating employers in the BCTGM pension plan, Canada Bread makes contributions to the plan on behalf of its associates, as required by various collective bargaining agreements. Canada Bread does not make decisions about payments to plan members.
- When Canada Bread acquired Multi-Marques in 2001, it inherited an active litigation file where some former Multi-Marques associates and pension plan members challenged the Board of Trustee’s application of the rules of the pension plan regarding their entitlements to certain pension benefits. In the years that followed, the group of plan members grew as the result of changes in Union affiliation and other business restructuring.
- This litigation file has been before the courts for almost two decades and still remains active due to changes in Quebec law over the same period of time. Despite the ongoing litigation, Canada Bread has met and will continue to meet all its obligations as a participating employer in this plan. We are hopeful that a final resolution will be reached soon.
- The information that the CSN has distributed publically contains a number of inaccuracies; we have been in touch with them in an attempt to correct their statements.
- We are disappointed that the CSN chose to distribute inaccuracies and take this route rather than have an open and honest dialogue with Canada Bread about its concerns for their members who formerly belonged to the BCTGM union.
- As a socially responsible company, Canada Bread has been and will continue to be compliant with all ongoing legal proceedings. We are also open to an ongoing dialogue with all our stakeholders.
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