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CAW Picketing Bauer Industries

February 23rd, 2009

Bauer Industries in Waterloo closed their doors on Feb 13, telling their employees that day. Pay for their last week of work has not been issued, nor have they received their record of employment allowing them to apply for EI.

Some times on this blog I have been hard on the CAW, but I have no truck with the argument they don’t serve a purpose. These guys at Bauer went to work every day, did their jobs, and got caught in unfortunate circumstances.  As Bruce Springsteen sang “…these jobs are going boys And they ain’t coming back…” A days work for a days pay is an agreement, and the company should be paying. If they cannot, they should at least be working with the employees to make the closure as painless as possible, and that means getting those records of employment in the employees hands ASAP, so they can apply for EI, and begin the process of moving on with their lives.


  1. Kat
    February 23rd, 2009 at 13:46 | #1

    I thought I would mention…

    You don’t need your ROE to apply for EI. They do require it for processing but you can apply without it.

    If you tell Service Canada that the company is refusing to provide it, Service Canada will go after it on your behalf. At least your application is in without delay because delay can cost you.

  2. Dan
    February 23rd, 2009 at 17:00 | #2

    Has anybody thought that maybe the management at Bauer’s is in as bad or worse position than the employees. Maybe they hung on to long trying to protect the employess putting themselves in in peril. As for the ROE’s I believe the regulation says “as soon as reasonably possible”. Be patient. I do not and can not believe this is what the executive at Bauer’s wanted. Sure the employee’s were long term, and they were paid for it, their pensions were protected. Does anybody know, do these self centered people talking to the media care if the people that provided the jobs have anything left to care for their families.

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