Christian Horizons Sudbury ratifies First Collective Agreement
On November 24, 2022, members at Christian Horizons in Sudbury ratified a two-year collective agreement; their first as members of UFCW Local 175.
The agreement for Christian Horizons Sudbury, which employs 85 full-time and 30 part-time workers, covers workers affected by Bill 124. This Bill, known as the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, limits the rights of these workers to negotiate freely for wage increases.
While Bill 124 was recently struck down by an Ontario Superior Court (read more here), what that means for workers whose wages have been affected by the legislation is yet to be determined. To learn more about the unconstitutional Bill 124, click here.
As a result, these workers are limited to a maximum of 1% per year over the next three years. In addition to the legislated wage increase, members will receive signing bonuses of $500 for full-time, $350 for part-time, and $150 for casual workers.
Benefit improvements include:
- Increases to the part-time spending account from $500 to $750, and;
- Mileage increases when members are required to use their personal vehicles for business purposes of $0.47/km, up from $0.44/km.
Language improvements address Union representation including Stewards and Health & Safety Committee Members, seniority rights as well as a grievance procedure amongst other articles.
Union Negotiating Committee: Nick Macaluso, Melanie Soulliere. Union Representative: Meemee Seto.