Jollibee members achieve first collective agreement
February 17, 2021
Jollibee employees at a North York location have ratified their first collective agreement as members of UFCW Local 175.
To achieve this first contract, the Union requested conciliation to ensure timely dates for bargaining. Throughout the bargaining process, the employer made it difficult to even acquire contact information for members, among other issues of contention plus a reduction in business because of COVID-19.
The two-year agreement, ratified on February 12, 2021, established a number of Union protections and improvements for the workers. A new wage grid ensures rates will stay ahead of minimum wage increases announced by the province. In the first year, employees will receive a raise of 15 cents per hour which will be paid for all hours worked since August 16, 2020. In year two, the base rate will increase to provide minimum wage plus 10 cents per hour.
Language negotiated will now provide for two paid bereavement days for the death of an immediate family member. In addition, employees will benefit from language establishing job postings, call-in procedures, scheduling that provides two consecutive days off. In addition, as Union members at Locals 175 & 633, these employees have a grievance and arbitration procedure to deal with issues that arise in the workplace.
The first collective agreement for the Jollibee employees also sets out provisions for seniority rights, hours of work, overtime, health and safety, pay equity, layoff and recall rights, and more. The agreement provides protection and working conditions for the 55 employees at Jollibee in North York.
These members at Jollibee voted to join Local 175 in August 2020. Read about their victory here.
Union Negotiating Committee: Gerry Aspiras, Elmer Miniano, Victor Novesteras, and Union Representative Ali Farman.
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Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.