Retroactive wage increases and improved language in new Streamline contract

November 29, 2010 at 9:07pm

Following months of difficult bargaining and conciliation, and after voting strongly in favour of strike action last week, the 55 members working at Streamline Foods in Belleville have now secured a new three-year deal. Workers attended a meeting on November 28, 2010, to discuss the negotiated terms of the agreement.

  • Wages increase by 25 cents per hour in each year of the term with the first increase retroactive for all hours worked since June 6, 2010.
  • A new shift premium provides 25 cents per hour for the afternoon shift, increasing to 30 cents per hour in the third year, and 40 cents per hour for the midnight shift, which increases to 45 cents in the third year. The shift premiums are retroactive for hours worked since June 6, 2010.
  • Pension contribution increase over the term of the contract.
  • Workers with more than 10 years of service or more benefit from a longer recall period after layoff.
  • Family Day is now included in the contract as a paid holiday.
  • Vacation language improves with regard to vacation pay calculation and flexibility on scheduling.
  • Bereavement leave entitlement improves.
  • The safety footwear allowance increases to $125 and the reimbursement maximum for doctor’s notes increases to $25.
  • New language ensures that payroll errors will be corrected quicker and overtime hours will be distributed by seniority.
  • Other language improvements address arbitration and provide more stability in schedules.
Union Negotiating Committee: Neil Asselstine, Patrick Holmes, Alex MacQuarrie, Bradley Steenburg and Union Rep Paul Hardwick.