MPP Nicholls’ Statement on Navistar Pension Tribunal Cancellations

December 12, 2013

QUEEN’S PARK – (December 12, 2013)

Mr. Speaker, on July 28th, 2011 the closure of Navistar in Chatham was finalized, causing over 1000 workers to lose their job.

Since that day there has been an ongoing pension dispute between Navistar and the workers union Unifor, locals 127 and 35. Navistar recently appealed a FSCO pension decision, which has caused families to wait even longer for resolution.

Workers were recently surprised by the cancellation of hearings scheduled for December 9th, 11th, 12th and 16th.

Constituents, many of whom are former Navistar workers anxiously awaiting a decision, are justifiably concerned. I have received many calls at my Chatham office from outraged workers.

Finance Minister Sousa has apologized for the delay and has stated that the hearing will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

What was hoped to have been a Merry Christmas finally for the affected families who by the way have been forced to deeply dip into their savings in order to pay their bills.

Speaker, I have been advocating for these employees and their families since I have been in office and I will continue to do so.

It is my sincere hope that this matter will be resolved as soon as possible, allowing families in Chatham to move forward.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

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