Mechanic called it quits too soon after plant closure

Engineer not entitled to severance pay after jumping ship
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/07/2015

Len Smith, a mechanic in British Columbia, was not entitled to severance pay after he quit following notice of his operation’s closure.

Smith initially sought alternative employment when his employer, Thermo King, informed employees of its plan to permanently close the operation in Kelowna, B.C. Smith immediately began looking for work elsewhere and found a position at James Truck & Trailer repairs.

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), however, said Smith was entitled to severance pay as per the collective agreement. The union said Smith was entitled to 17 weeks’ pay because the employer closed its Kelowna branch and therefore caused the grievor to lose his employment.