Highbury Canco wage not viable for Heinz worker

A Heinz worker says he won't be applying to work at Highbury Canco.

Heinz worker says Highbury Canco wage isn't enough to pay for his commute to work

Todd Dunford has worked for Heinz for 12 years.

A Heinz worker won't be applying to work at Highbury Canco.

That company is taking over operations at the Heinz plant in Leamington at the end of June.

Dunford said he makes $25 an hour with Heinz, but Highbury Canco is offering only $15.

"It's a shame for myself." he said. "I have to spend the money to get there. As far as the town goes, currently at $15 an hour is still one of the better paying jobs available.

That won't be enough to make it worthwhile commuting from Windsor to Leamington.

"It's disappointing," said Dunford, who has been a Heinz employee for the past 12 years. "Heinz is the heart of the town, the entire town, for 105 years now. For it to be shut down is devastating for the community. For it to be reopened even in some capacity is a good thing for the community."

For Dunford, the $10 an hour reduction would amount to a loss of $25,000 each year.

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