Hospitality members at the Holiday Inn Express in Sault Ste. Marie ratify
December 17, 2019
On November 15, 2019, the 36 unionized employees at the Holiday Inn Express in Sault Ste. Marie achieved a new three-year collective agreement.
Through bargaining, the Union Negotiating Committee secured several good monetary improvements for the members at the Holiday Inn Express. This includes an immediate increase of $1 per hour for Housekeepers and 75 cents per hour for employees in other departments. In the second year, wage rates go up by 1.5% and then by another 1.5% in the third year of the deal.
A new premium provides a premium of $2 per hour for administrative work. The night shift premium improves to provide $1 per hour, instead of 75 cents, on top of an employee’s regular rate. Lastly, Porter gratuities increase to 75%, up from 60%.
The Committee also achieved new language that provides members with three paid wellness days per year.
Members at the Holiday Inn Express also benefit from new allowances of $50 per year for full-time employees to purchase work shoes, and $100 per year for Maintenance employees to purchase boots.
New language provides members with three hours’ pay if a scheduled shift is cancelled without 12 hours’ notice. Other improvements provide enhanced bereavement entitlement. In addition, the employer will now pay 100% of the lost wages for the Negotiating Committee members.
Union Negotiating Committee: Michelle Coates, Maxine Smith, and Union Rep Jim Hames.
Read more updates from the Hospitality sector at UFCW Locals 175 & 633. Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.
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