Colonial cookies members ratify substantial wage increases in new agreement

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August 10, 2023

The members employed by Colonial Cookies in Kitchener have ratified a three-year agreement on July 23, 2023. Wages will increase over the term of the deal for General Labourers – 10.5%, Operators 10% and Maintenance 9%. Shift premiums will increase from $0.25-$0.45/hour to $1.25-$3.50/hour. There is also a signing bonus of $300.

Benefit improvements will see paramedical coverage increased and prescriptions will be reimbursed at 100%. There are increases in the employer contribution to the dental plan.

Other language improvements include:

  • Shoe allowance increased from $120 to $175.
  • Tool Allowance increased from $200 to $250.
  • Job posting language improvements.
  • Overtime sign up sheets.
  • Language to allow for vacation leave to be taken in days.
  • Cross training language for other departments.
  • Improved language for Stewards to meet new members.

Union negotiating committee: Brandy Boshart, Ken Boshart, Shirley Closs and Dennis May. Union representative: Melody Slattery.

See more negotiation updates from the industrial food sector, including beverage production.

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