Dr. Oetker members ratify first Union contract

January 24, 2019 at 9:45am

Congratulations to employees at Dr. Oetker in London, who just achieved their first collective agreement as members of UFCW Local 175.

After meeting in conciliation with a Ministry of Labour (MOL) officer, the parties reached an agreement that dealt with a number of significant issues the workers at Dr. Oetker wanted addressed. The Union negotiating committee achieved significant language providing for a 12-hour continental work week.

The three-year contract includes increases of 60 cents per hour across the board, including Maintenance, in each year of the three-year term. The first raise is retroactive for hours worked since January 1. Sanitation employees receive an initial retroactive increase of $1 per hour. Plus, they also receive the two 60-cent per-hour increases in years two and three.

As of ratification, employees with less than one year of service receive a lump sum payment of $500. Those employees with more than one year of service will receive $600. Shift premium improvements provide an additional 10 cents per hour, to reach a rate of 60 cents, for hours worked between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Employees working nights, between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., will receive an hourly premium of 80 cents, up from 70 cents.

Effective January 1, 2020, the employer will pay 100% of the premiums for the workers’ group health and dental plan.

Plus, as of January 1, 2021, the employer will also pay the total premium to cover AD&D and Life Insurance.

Dr. Oetker employees ratify first collective agreement as UFCW 175 Union MembersOther improvements provide an increased boot allowance of $150 per year, plus $500 annually for maintenance tools. Bereavement leave now provides three days, instead of one, for the death of a grandparent, grandchild, aunt, or uncle.

The ratification vote took place on January 13, 2019.

Thank you to the Union members who assisted Union Rep Sam Caetano as part of the Negotiating Committee: Bryce Doiron, Corey Frew, and William Herron.

Employees at Dr. Oetker voted to join our Union last summer! Read more about why these workers took a stand and voted yes to gain the benefits of being Union.