Waste Management workers secure wage, pension and severance improvements

April 16, 2011 at 2:43pm

The 40 members working at Waste Management in Maidstone, near Windsor, achieved a new three-year collective agreement at a meeting held April 9, 2007. The unanimous ratification secures the following improvements for these workers:

  • Wages increase by 3 per cent for all classifications in the first year. Workers receive a lump sum payment of $1,500 in the second year, which can be placed into an RRSP, and another 3 per cent for all classifications in the third year. The company will also provide a signing bonus of $300 in the form of a gift certificate from one of the employee’s choice of three businesses.

  • Dental contributions increase by 1 cent per hour in the first year.

  • Company contributions to the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP) increase by 5 cents per hour in each year of the agreement to bring the payment level to $1.10 per hour in the first year, $1.15 per hour in the second year and $1.20 per hour in the final year.

  • Improved language states that job bidding will take place every July should employees wish as shown by way of vote held each June.

  • An enhanced severance package provides two weeks pay per year of service, including employees on active layoff, in the event of a permanent closure of either the Windsor or Chatham facilities.

  • Other improvements cover pay equity language and health and safety.

Union Negotiating Committee: Dan Kennette, Tim O’Donnell and Union Reps Kevin Dowling and Julie Johnston.