Coca-Cola workers in London cast their vote on new deal

January 18, 2011 at 1:40pm

The approximately 50 members of the Local 175 bargaining unit working at Coca-Cola Bottling in London secured a new collective agreement at a vote held January 16, 2011. Highlights of the deal include:

  • In lieu of wage increases in the first year, the company will contribute an additional 40 cents per hour, retroactive for all hours worked since September 1, 2010, toward the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP) bring the total contribution rate to $1.75 per hour.
  • Workers receive a lump sum of $400 in year two and across-the-board increases of 1.5 per cent in year three, 2 per cent in year four and 2.5 per cent in the fifth year of the contract term.
  • Two new positions will be hired for in the Warehouse.
  • The negotiated enhanced severance package provides two weeks pay per year of service up to 72 weeks, if an employee is permanently laid off due to contracting out.
  • The boot allowance increases to $175 per year in the third year of the contract with additional choices of supplier(s). Workers also benefit from more choice regarding clothing including golf shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts and windbreakers.
  • Vacation language improves to include a transition to the calendar year providing payout or extra vacation choice for workers.
  • Family Day is now included in the contract as a paid holiday.
  • Policy on hours of work and overtime are now in line with the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
  • Other language improvements include an agreement for ‘no deals’ outside of the Collective Agreement.
Union Negotiating Committee: Steve Brasier, Terry Churchill, Rick Uhrig and Union Rep Wendy Absolom.