Late this afternoon Unifor Local 88 was informed that Doug Coleman Trucking (DCT) will cease operation at the Owen Sound terminal effective August 15, 2017 citing the yard is not economically viable.
This announcement comes as a total surprise to the members working in Owen Sound. Members are receiving their Notice of Layoff and Terminal Closure today.
The bargaining committee met with DCT on July 21, 2017 to renegotiate a new agreement and nothing was mentioned at this meeting about a possible closure. I would think that the decision process was long under way before today.
In fact we had scheduled a second meeting for August 11, 2017 with the intent to get a tentative agreement with a ratification vote scheduled for August 13, 2017.
This is certainly unexpected and terrible news.