Yearly salary increases among improvements in new Ingredion agreement
Members at Ingredion in London ratified a new four-year collective agreement on January 21, 2021.
On the last day of negotiations, a Conciliation Officer joined the parties to assist with several issues still outstanding. As a result, the Union Negotiating Committee achieved a good contract with monetary improvements and no concessions for the membership.
(*note an earlier version of this post contained errors in some of the wage items below that have now been corrected*)
All members will see raises in each year of the four-year agreement term:
- 1.5% in year one;
- 2% in year two;
- 2% in year three, and;
- 2.25% in year four.
Members will now have an additional opportunity at job bids prior to the employer being able to make arbitrary moves to fill a position. Employees on 12-hour shifts will now receive minimum reporting pay of six hours instead of four. Further improvements give members the option of banking three stat holidays to as lieu days during the calendar year.
Coverage for prescription eyeglasses will increase by $50 to reach $300 per 24-month period. Life insurance coverage improves as well to provide members with an option to have coverage of up to $1 million.
Bereavement language now includes paid leave for the death of a niece or nephew. In addition, the employer will pay an employee the balance of their shift during which they are notified of the death of a family member listed under bereavement provisions.
The employer permitted ratification for this agreement to take place in the Ingredion Plant Stores Department. This allowed for small socially distanced group meetings to take place for review and voting.
This agreement covers approximately 70 full-time employees in the bargaining unit at Ingredion in London, Ontario.
Union Negotiating Committee: Oliver Brkic, John Collin, Brian Harms (Plant Chair), Leo Hoefnagels (Chief Steward), and Union Rep Mike Mattioli.