Staying open past an announced plant closure date

Contract status of employees working beyond filed closure date
By Tim Mitchell
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

Our unionized plant is planned to close on Dec. 31, 2008, and employees will be offered a package. The contract with the union ends in July 2010. There is a possibility the plant could stay open longer and some jobs would remain while it stays open. Can a company file for plant closure and stay open after the closure date and would a new contract have to be negotiated for the period it remains open?

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