First contract ratified by Maple Leaf workers

February 14, 2011 at 1:58pm

New Local 175 members working at Maple Leaf Consumer Foods in Mississauga met on February 13, 2011 to discuss and vote on the terms of their first collective agreement. The 155 workers benefit from the following improvements over their previous provisions:

  • All active full-time employees receive a lump sum payment of $500 effective following ratification and increases of 35 cents per hour in May of each of the three years covered by the contract term.
  • Workers classified as Quality Control (QC) will be reclassified as ‘Skilled’ on the wage schedule and receive an additional wage adjustment of 40 cents per hour in May 2011 and 2012 and will receive the full ‘Skilled’ rate effective May 2013.
  • Effective May 2012, the hourly premium for Afternoon & Night shifts increases by 5 cents per hour.
  • Life Insurance coverage increases to provide an improved benefit of $35,000 and flexible benefit credits increase in each year of the contract.
  • Family Day is now included as a paid holiday.
  • The company will pay 1 cent per hour worked toward the Local 175 Training & Education Fund. This rate increases to 3 cents per hour worked effective May 2012.
  • Workers benefit from enhanced steward representation of three stewards on days and three on afternoons where previously only four in total were allowed.
  • The employer will supply safety boots and replace them at no cost as necessary.
  • The contract now provides for unlimited replacement of license trade tools and those workers in the licensed trades will have their annual license renewals paid by the company.
  • Bereavement leave now allows one day for future internment and the three-day provision now applies to son/daughter-in-law, brother/sister-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren, and grandparent-in-law.

Additional language to improve the work environment addresses layoff, leaves of absence, health and safety, vacation entitlement, temporary workers, hours of work, and job posting for back up positions.
Union Negotiating Committee: Margaret Leung, Bahram Shojaei, Jerry Wiercigoch and Union Rep John DiNardo.