Saint-Romuald, Que. – August 23, 2014 – UFCW Canada Local 509 is proud to announce that a new four-year collective agreement has been reached on behalf of all members working at Cométal in Saint-Romuald, Quebec. The employees manufacture architectural and mechanical equipment at a plant located just outside of Quebec City.
As part of the newly-ratified agreement, workers will receive increased employer contributions to their group insurance plan, an extra $15.00for the purchase of safety boots, and a $1.50 per hour increase in the yard repair premium. Wages will increase by 2 percent every year for employees at the top of the salary scale, and the night shift premium increases from $0.40 to $0.50 per hour worked. The contract also introduces a $3.00 per hour lead hand premium.
"This second collective agreement for the Cométal workers clearly shows the importance of collective bargaining," says UFCW Canada Local 509 President Daniel Nadeau. "Together, we maintained established benefits and improved working conditions, while achieving wage and premium increases. Congratulations to the Cométal members," Brother Nadeau adds.