Katoen Natie Office Staff vote yes to a new collective agreement
The full-time Office Staff at Katoen Natie in Mississauga ratified a new collective agreement on April 27, 2017. This agreement was reached through conciliation. Members rejected an earlier offer and were ready to strike if necessary.
In the ratified deal, members achieved wage rate increases and lump sum payments over the term of the contract despite the employer’s attempts to provide wage increases solely based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The guaranteed increases secured provide 2% effective the date of ratification plus a $550 lump sum, and subsequent increases of 2% plus a $550 lump sum in each of the following years covered by the agreement. In addition, the parties signed a letter of agreement ensuring that the existing full-time jobs will be maintained for the duration of the contract.
The membership benefit from a number of language improvements including an update to the ‘no discrimination’ policy and new job posting provisions. Education leave will now be paid at 100% instead of the previous 80%, and parental leave has been added to the agreement.
Union Negotiating Committee: Susie Chasapis and Union Rep Anthony DiMaio.