Members at Metro Casselman vote yes to new agreement

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May 4, 2016

On May 1, 2016 members at Metro Casselman voted in favour of a new six-year collective agreement.

The more than 60 workers benefit from a number of improvements.

End rates for current full-time workers increase by a total of $1.95 per hour over the duration of the agreement. The end rate for part-timers increases by a total of $1.80 per hour over the term. Progression rates also improve. Full-time hired after ratification will receive increases totalling $5.75 per hour over the life of the contract.

The Night Shift premium increases to $1 per hour, including any hours worked by non-night shift crew employees between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. New language provides a premium of $10 per day for any bargaining unit member, other than the full-time assistant night operation manager, scheduled to be responsible for the store in the absence of a manager. Any employees appointed to do shipping/receiving for two
hours or more in any given day receive a shift premium of 75 cents per hour.

Now, part-time employee promoted to a full-time position will receive credit for their full length of service for vacation purposes.

Full time and part-time employees with 17 years of service or more now qualify for five weeks of paid vacation.

Full and part-time employees who average 22 hours per week now enjoy the benefit of a drug card. The Short-term Disability increases to a maximum of $500 per week. New vision care coverage provides a maximum of $200 and eye exam reimbursement up to $50, each per 24-month period. New Orthopedic shoes will be reimbursed up to $400 every two years, and the safety show allowance increases to $100. Employees who are 50 years of age or more, and have a minimum of 15 years of service with the company now have the option to reduce their work week from 40 hours to 32 hours a week and maintain their current benefit levels.

New language in the agreement addresses overtime, negotiating committee pay, Duty to Accommodate, Leukemia Payroll deduction, and more. The agreement also contains improved language addressing harassment, discrimination, and bullying, part-time rest breaks, hours of work, shift guarantees, and job postings. The company will contribute $300 to the UFCW Local 175 Training & Education Fund in each year of the agreement.

Union Negotiating Committee: Cathy Lalonde, Sue Hoar, Michel Langlois and Union Rep Daniel Mercier.