Dismissed Just Us! workers file with labour board
Ex-employees say they were fired for trying to unionize coffee co-op
Two employees who say they were dismissed from Halifax's socially-conscious Just Us! Coffee Roaster Co-op for trying to unionize have filed a complaint with the labour board in an effort to get their jobs back.
Shay Enxuga and Elijah Williams say they enjoyed their work at the coffee co-operative on Spring Garden Road.
But the two say they believe they were fired last week because they had been meeting about forming a union for three months.
"We were just about ready to file, and then we walked in on that Wednesday, and we were dismissed," said Williams.
Now, the union they were trying to join — SEIU Local 2 — is in negotiations with Just Us’ head office.
Enxuga says their goal is to return to work.
"All we want is to have both of our jobs back, and to have Just Us! recognize our right to form a union. I don't feel like we're asking too much, and we're not asking for anything outside of what Just Us' social mandate is," said Enxuga.
The coffee co-op’s management said it didn't know about the employee's efforts to form a union before their dismissals.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the co-op said it supports unions in principle and would never engage in unfair labour practices.
The union says Thursday's meeting was brief but it will continue to talk with Just Us! if the co-op wants to.
Management could not be reached for comment.