Members at Westfort Foods make substantial gains

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October 18, 2022

On October 11, 2022, members at Westfort Foods Inc. ratified a new four-year collective agreement.

Wage improvements were an important part of this round of bargaining for the Members. The 52 part-time and eight full-time employees have secured increases totalling between $2 and $2.34 per hour over the four-year agreement. In addition, language ensuring rates stay ahead of minimum wage has also been added.

Other monetary improvements include:

  • An increase to the Health Spending account of $600, up from $400;
  • Increased employer RRSP contributions by $120 per year;
  • An Optical coverage increase to $450, up from $350;
  • Additional premiums for supervisors of $1 per hour, and;
  • Enhanced sick pay accrual of 20 cents per hour, up from 10 cents per hour.

Negotiations also focused on regulated holidays, adding Remembrance Day and Truth & Reconciliation Day to its list of paid holidays. The agreement will also now reflect gender neutral language throughout.

Union Negotiating Committee: Vivian Dunning, Bill Homonko. Union Representative/Director: Tracy Stubbs.

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