Members at Herb & Spice Ratify First Collective Agreement

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January 7, 2016

On December 14th, the new members of Local 175 working at Herb & Spice in Ottawa ratified their first collective agreement.

The agreement includes wage increases of $.25 per hour to the end rates of all classifications, language for temporary assignment premiums and a safety boot allowance.

Each member will receive an additional 21 hours per year for sick leave time and the health spending account for full time members will increase from $600 to $1000 per year.

Vacation increases include the addition of a 3rd week of vacation paid at 6% after five years of service and a 4th week of vacation paid at 8% after ten years of service.

The first agreement includes significant new language in the areas of health and safety, paid bereavement leave and jury leave. These new members will now have the protection of a collective agreement with a grievance procedure and union representation language.

Negotiating Committee: Tina Barton, Mado Limoges and Union Representative Simon Baker.

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