An arbitrator was appointed by the Quebec government to meet with the franchises’ management and the workers’ representatives. The agreement will be imposed within 90 days.
In February 2015, 80 Tim Hortons workers—mostly women—joined the Steelworkers Local 7065 union. Quebec labour law states a collective agreement must be negotiated within a year of workers becoming unionized. The union claimed Tim Hortons used stalling tactics to prolong the process.
“A long saga is ending and we look forward to a new relationship between employees and the employer that will be based on respect, equity and appropriate treatment,” says Gilles Ayotte, representative of United Steelworkers.