When the US supply chain fails, Canada steps in
Supply chain workers in Alberta were given a dose of Canadian pride last week when they won a collective contract with the Canadian Red Cross.
The workers were part of the Canadian Association of Supply Chain Professionals, or CASSP, which represents about 1,500 supply chain workers across Alberta.
They are all part of a growing number of Canadian firms that are looking to build on their strengths in the supply chain sector, said CASSp president and CEO Dave Gorman.
Gorman said that Canadian companies are finding it difficult to maintain the strength of their supply chain.
“If we don’t keep up, if we don, if our supply chain becomes weak, then there’s no other way that we can grow and grow,” Gorman said.
Last year, a study by the Institute of Supply Management found that Canada was lagging behind other countries in its supply chain growth.
That report said that Canada lost almost 2 million jobs from 2013 to 2015.
The CASSPs contract with Alberta and Saskatchewan was to help keep them afloat.
It was negotiated in the first weeks of October, with the company saying that the contract was contingent on the province’s government approving it.
The CASSs website says that the deal will include up to $1 million per year in compensation for the workers.
But that’s not quite what CASSporters was hoping for.
“We are hoping that the Alberta government will sign off on it and we’ll have a contract in place that will provide a good starting point,” said Gorman, who said the contract is contingent on government approval.
Alberta and Saskatchewan have both expressed concerns that the CASS supply chain could be vulnerable if Alberta loses its contract.