Fairlife ratifies new deal and avoids labour dispute

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October 14, 2022

The members at Fairlife in Peterborough ratified a four-year agreement on October 6, 2022.

Increases include a General Wage increase: Year 1 – $1.20, Year 2 – $.50, Year 3 – $.50 and Year 4 – $.80.   The lead hand premium will increase to $1.00.

Significant benefit improvements include:

  • Introduction of a Pay Direct Drug Card.
  • Increase in physiotherapy coverage from $500 to $1000.
  • Psychology services increased from $500 to $1500.
  • Introduction of a core plan, enhanced plan and an opt-out option for those who want to reduce or drop their benefits.
  • Life insurance increased from $40,000 to $70,000.
  • LTD cap increased from $2000 to $4000.
  • Parental leave added to Maternity leave with the top up to apply.

Language improvements include:

  • Mandatory overtime will be almost entirely eliminated with a defined schedule in the CBA that cannot be changed without the Unions consent.
  • Maintenance increase for tool allowance from $300 to $325.
  • Education/tuition reimbursement increase from $200 to $400.
  • NEW – Fridge wear allowance of $100.
  • Boot allowance increase from $180 to $200 and additional purchase order for departments with fast breakdown, upon inspection by Company.
  • Layoffs to be done by plant seniority with a 20-day training period to be given to employees for said layoffs.
  • Introduction of Labour Management Meetings to improve communication.

Union negotiating committee: Jennifer Derochie, Paul Handy. Union representative: Sacha Edey, Director Region 2: Lee Johnson-Koehn.

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