Metro Kanata members secure first collective agreement
September 9, 2020
Earlier this summer, the employees at Metro Kanata voted to join Local 175. On August 24, 2020, the 109 members secured their first collective agreement.
In their first agreement, members are protected by the grievance and arbitration procedure. This important part Union membership, provides employees with the opportunity to file a formal complaint if the employer violates the terms of the agreement.
Paid sick leave for full-time employees increases to 48 hours per calendar year. In addition, full and part-time employees at Metro Kanata receive an additional annual floater holiday. Part-time employees now receive $1 per hour paid for all hours worked over 28 hours per week.
The Negotiating Committee achieved a premium increase for those employees assigned as Lead Hand or Express Cash; by the end of the agreement term, that premium rate will reach 60 cents per hour. The night crew will also see improvements to their shift premiums; the rate increases to 80 cents per hour in 2021, and to 95 cents per hour in 2022.
Employees relieving a Department Manager or Assistant Department Manager shall receive a premium of $1 per hour. A bargaining unit member assigned as responsible for the store in the absence of a manager will be paid $10 per day so worked, in addition to their regular rate.
All full-time employees, and part-time employees promoted to full-time, as of August 30, 2020 and who are not at end rate, will receive increases totalling a minimum of $2 per hour over the three-year collective agreement. Full-time at the end rate of that same date will receive a minimum increase of 90 cents per hour over the agreement term.
The employer will contribute 75 cents per hour worked per employee to the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP). All full-time employees with three months’ service and part-time employees with one year of service will benefit from a dental plan and health care benefits paid for entirely by the company.
Union Negotiators: Union Rep Kim Hunter, and Region 3 Director Daniel Mercier.
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