Massey Wholesale members ratify
November 19, 2018
At the start of bargaining for the contract at Massey Wholesale, the employer wanted concessions. The members of the Union negotiating committee, however, were able to achieve a contract with no concessions and a number of monetary and language improvements.
One important achieved included new language outlining hours of work for Warehouse and Office employees. Previously, the contract contained no language addressing this issue.
Drivers receive wage increases totalling 5.5% over the duration of the agreement. Office and Warehouse rates will increase by a total of 5.25% over the contract term as well. The first increase for all rates is retroactive for hours worked since the expiry of the previous contract. Warehouse employees also benefit from a new shift premium of $1 per hour for those required to deliver.
The employer-matched pension contributions increase to a maximum of 3% of an employee’s gross wages, up from 2.75%. Vision care coverage now provides $200, up from $150, toward the cost of eyewear every 24 months. Plus, now employees will have their eye exams covered as well, up to a maximum of $100, also every 24 months. Employees benefit from an improved uniform allowance of $500 per year for full-time and $150 per year for part-time. Plus, the boot allowance improves to $150 per year, up from $125.
The employer will now pay out up to three, instead of the previous two, unused sick days per year. Employees also receive three paid personal holidays per year, up from two in the last contract. Bereavement leave now provides one paid day for the death of an aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.
The 21 full-time and five part-time employees ratified their new three-year agreement on November 3, 2018.
Union Negotiating Committee: Kevin Goddard, Debbie Peters, Darren Stencil, and Union Rep Derek Jokhu.