Lococo’s Members ratify 1st renewal agreement

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February 22, 2018

The Members of Local 175 working at Lococo’s Wholesale in Hamilton ratified their first renewal collective agreement on February 1, 2018.

Fifty-five members benefit from a number of improvements in the three and a half year contract. A new wage grid includes a gap of 50 cents to $2.75 per hour ahead of minimum wage rates. In addition, members receive retroactive pay of 40 cents per hour for hours worked since the expiry of the previous agreement. The supervisory role receives an improved shift premium of 50 cents per hour.

The contract contains important language establishing meeting time for new Members to receive orientation. Stewards also benefit from language stating they can meet with each other during paid time.

Effective as of ratification, the employer will implement a healthcare spending account of $200 per 24-month period for each member. While this does replace the current vision care coverage, the program account allows members to spend the $200 for other health purposes which were not covered in the previous agreement. Vacation entitlement provides four weeks after 10 years of service.

Lastly, the employer will contribute $500 per year toward the Local 175 Training & Education Fund as well.

Union Negotiating Committee: Nick Cabras, Mike Cianciolo, Alveena Francis, Union Rep Lee Johnson-Koehn, and Region 4 Director Chris Fuller.

Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.

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