People travel to different stores throughout the GTA searching for uniforms that they are not entitled to at their workplace.
Pepsico Foods Canada Inc. and Service Employees International Union Local 2, Brewery, General and Professional Workers’ Union have a 45 page collective agreement that states on page 15, Article 21 Health and Safety, Clause 21.03:
Uniforms and smocks will be provided by the Company. Initially each employee will receive four (4) uniforms or smocks. To replace, an employee must turn in worn out uniforms. Such clothing must be turned in to the Company upon termination.
In other Pepsico Foods Canada Inc. collective agreements, temporary employees are not covered by any provisions of those collective agreements and as such, are not entitled to uniforms. This places the temporary worker into a position where they would have to purchase their own uniforms, shirts, pants, shoes etc.
At Canada Post Corporation, there are provisions in their 561 page collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers that provide employees with uniforms (shirts, pants, shoes, etc). Canada Post letter carriers, truck drivers and postal clerks are seen by the public and it is important that they are recognized, by wearing identifiable Canada Post Uniforms.
Most employees these days, whether they start at Pepsico or Canada Post begin their employment as temporary employees.
At Canada Post, temporary employees have a probation period (see clause 44.06 (a) – see page 341) of 480 hours or 60 days X 8 hours. Once they have completed their probation period, they have a uniform entitlement (see clause 44.27 on page 349/350) and will receive that uniform within 35 days after requesting it in writing. As they are awaiting a fitted uniform, Canada Post will provide them with an “arm band” for identification purposes (see clause 34.04 (a) on page 291).
Canada Post wants their uniforms back as they call them their property. Clause 34.09 (see page 294) states “On leaving the service or when no longer entitled to the clothing issue, an employee must return all articles of clothing on which the duration period has not expired, except in the event of death”.
In the meantime however, there are employees of different companies who search in used clothing stores in hopes of finding uniforms that they can wear on the job. In many instances, it is the management of those companies that suggest that they go to certain stores to see if there are any uniforms in stock that they can purchase.
The Urban Catwalk is only one of many stores that sell uniforms from different companies.