BMTC locks out Montreal warehouse staff

Company says pensions at issue; workers have been without contract since the beginning of 2016

February 28, 2016
by MM&D Online Staff

MONTREAL, Quebec—BMTC Group Inc has locked out the warehouse employees of its Montreal distribution centre for an indefinite period.

The principal issue that led to the deadlock in the negotiations to renew the collective agreement, which expired on December 31, 2015, relates to the pension plan for future warehouse employees of the DC.

In a statement the company said: “Essentially, the Corporation has agreed to keep unchanged, for the benefit of current employees, the defined benefit pension plan but has proposed that new employees hired following the renewal of the collective agreement would benefit from a defined contribution pension plan rather than from a defined benefit pension plan.”

The company assured customers that operations in all of its stores and its customer service are not affected by the lockout and delivery operations will continue without interruption of service.

BMTC is a major retailer of furniture, electronic goods and household appliances operating in the province of Quebec. It operates a subsidiary, Ameublements Tanguay Inc., and two divisions, Brault & Martineau and EconoMax.