Agreement Reached: Ratification Vote Scheduled for Feb. 12

Your committee is pleased to report that we have come to a tentative agreement with the employer following meetings on Jan. 18 and 19.

As a result, a Bargaining Information Meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 5. The ratification Vote will happen one week later, on Monday, Feb. 12.

The tentative agreement has a two-year term and includes a wage increase of 1% in the second year. Your committee accepted this proposal only because the employer provided a 2% wage increase in both October 2016 and October 2017, outside of the collective bargaining process. Those increases led to the establishment of the new wage grid with initial placement on the grid based upon the wage rate employees had as of October 2017. Each step forward on the grid represents a 2.5% increase in an employees’ wage rate. All employees advance on the grid when they have worked 1,957.5 hours. This means full-time employees will advance on the grid in October 2018.

The tentative agreement also includes the establishment of an Employee Management Advisory Committee and an Occupational Health & Safety committee. We also gained the Respect in the Workplace article, which provides protection from discrimination, harassment and bullying. The employer also agreed that all disciplinary letters and sanctions will be purged from an employee’s record after two years without any further disciplinary measures.

Further highlights of the tentative agreement include: – Notice of Subcontracting article. – Alternative dispute resolution process. – 25-cent increase to all shift and weekend premiums effective upon ratification. – Boxing Day added to named holidays. – Additional five vacation days after 10 years of service. – Paid sick leave provisions. – Four uniforms tops for full-time employees upon hire and three for part-time workers. Employees can exchange one top for a new one every three years. – Workload issues letter of understanding.

Your bargaining committee wants to thank you for your support and patience throughout bargaining. Please ensure you attend the Bargaining Information Session on Feb. 5 and the Ratification Vote on Feb. 12. If you have questions in the meantime, contact a member of your bargaining committee.

Nemata Okot
Kelefia Ashmale
Cristine Manalaysay


Terry Luhoway, Negotiator

Farris Sobhani, Organizing

Guy Quenneville, Membership Services Officer

Mariam Ibrahim, Communications