Barrie Coca-Cola workers achieve 3-year contract

October 6, 2017 at 8:41am

UFCW Local 175 membership at Coca-Cola Barrie at their ratification meeting.On October 2, 2017, the approximately 100 members of UFCW Local 175 working at Coca-Cola in Barrie ratified a new agreement.

The three-year contract includes a number of improvements. The negotiating committee avoided having a two-tier wage grid put in place. Also, they bargained a higher rate for Class G Drivers than other plants.

Wages increase by 25 cents per hour in the first year. Full-time employees receive a lump sum payment of $500 in year one as well. Year two sees an increase of 50 cents per hour, plus full-time Cooler Delivery workers receive a $250 lump sum. In the third year, wages increase by another 50 cents per hour with a $250 lump sum for full-time Cooler Delivery employees.

The workers benefit from a retirement readiness program and a defined contribution plan to which the employer pays up to 7.5% and employees pay up to 7%. Additionally, sick pay improves to provide 85%, up from 75%.

Lastly, members receive a paid clothing allowance every two years, and the safety boot allowance improves to $175, up from $125.

Union Negotiating Committee: Dean Baggs, Steve Bryce, Mark Edwards, Brad Nixon, and Union Reps Tony Nigro and Matt Belanger.