Major Facility Closing and Cutting Jobs in Mississauga
A Mississauga facility that employs close to 100 people will be closing and moving to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.
Unifor recently announced that Nestle’s subsidiary Purina, which is located on Royal Windsor Dr., will leave 87 employees out of work when the pet food manufacturer moves operations to the U.S. in 2019.
“There’s no reason for Nestle to close this facility,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
“Generations of Canadians have worked at Purina since 1967 and now politics is forcing people out of work.”
Unifor says the surprise announcement came only three days before the commencement of a new round of contract negotiations with members of Unifor Local 41-O working in production, distribution, maintenance, and sanitation.
Unifor says that, just last month, the facility broke a record for number of units shipped, totalling approximately $51 million.
The organization believes the move was made to appease American interests.
According to Unifor, the company might be moving operations at a loss to satisfy U.S. President Donald Trump, who it says "has been bullying Canadian firms with tariffs" in an attempt to subsidize the American manufacturing sector.
Unifor said it intends to fight the closure with political and consumer pressure.
“We’re not taking this laying down,” said Joe Say, Unifor Local 41-O President. “Mississauga’s Purina workers helped make the company into what it is today.”
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