VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Employees of one of the oldest moving companies in BC may be left in the lurch now that their employer is going out of business.
The union for movers and drivers says Williams Moving and Storage employees shouldn’t expect to see their final pay cheques.
Unifor has about 125 members working for Williams. National rep Mark Cameron says some Williams owner/operators are losing out too. “In December, those people racked up some expenses that they would expect to be compensated for today. Fuel costs, labour costs, maintenance, that sort of thing. Those people are out tens of thousands of dollars.”
Cameron says Williams has been bleeding for a while. “They had major contracts with a lot of big corporations doing executive moves and that sort of thing. When the recession hit in 2008, a lot of that work got cut back. They were never able to really break out of that.”
The company has made no visible effort to reach out to its customers on what they should do to get their belongings back. Cameron has heard rumours that other companies will be hired to finish moves already underway. He says he’s also heard items in storage are being kept safe.
Williams was founded in 1929. It ceased operations yesterday.