Mississauga, Ont. – March 29, 2014 – UFCW Canada Local 175 members working at Fin-Aire in Belleville, Ontario have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.
The new CBA includes wage increases of 1.75% retroactive for hours worked since the expiry of the previous contract. Workers will receive subsequent increases of 1.75% in years two and three, and 2% in the fourth year. Should the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI) be higher than the agreed upon increases, workers will receive the higher amount.
Each year, workers will also receive two paid days to take Health & Safety training. Effective in the third year of the contract, overtime will be paid after 42.5 hours per week, instead of the current 44 hours. Members also benefit from improved vacation entitlement of four weeks, up from three, after 15 years of service.
Additional improvements include a boot allowance of up to $125 per year, and an annual clothing allowance of $75, which is effective in year three. New language has also been added regarding a sunset clause.