Members at Cappola Foods ratify first contracts – UFCW 175

Toronto – June 30, 2017 – UFCW Canada Local 175 members working at two Toronto-area Cappola Foods locations have recently ratified their first-ever collective agreements.

The new contracts cover over 100 full-time workers who joined UFCW Canada Local 175 in 2016. The two plants run separate and distinct operations, with no crossover of employees. Owned by Canada's largest consumer packaged meats company, Maple Leaf Foods, Cappola Foods produces an extensive array of Italian-inspired deli meats. 

Wages at both plants will increase by 30 cents per hour retroactive to hours worked since January 1, 2017. Subsequent wage increases will total $1.45 per hour over the term of the contract in addition to a signing bonus of $150. The afternoon shift premium also increases to 45 cents per hour. Members now have a defined contribution pension plan to which the employer will match employee contributions up to 2 percent of an employee's annual wages.

In addition, members were also able to achieve paid overtime after 40 hours with time off due to bereavement.

The employees' benefit plan will be 100 percent employer-paid and provides prescription drug reimbursement at 90 percent with no annual deductible. It covers a wide variety of health services and provides vision and dental care benefits as well.

The union negotiating committee for both plants included UFCW Local 175 members Daneta Brown, Marlon Cabuyadao, Henry Robinson, Alda Duarte, and Theirry Montcheau, and Union Representative John DiNardo. For more details on this contract, and to learn more about UFCW Canada Locals 175 & 633, click here