New Pino’s Get Fresh contract secures raises & new full-time jobs
July 26, 2019
A new contract for the 98 members employed at Pino’s Get Fresh in Sault Ste. Marie includes wage increases and five new full-time positions.
The unionized employees at Pino’s Get Fresh will see raises totalling $1.10 per hour for full-time, and 85 cents per hour for part-time, over the life of the agreement. In addition, the wage grid contains language ensuring rates always stay ahead of minimum wage increases. Plus, a new premium of $1 per hour will be paid to employees required to cover for the manager position. The employer agreed to create five new full-time positions as well.
The contract includes an additional sick day per year for full-time employees, as well as an additional paid bereavement day for the death of an immediate family member. Vision care coverage also improves to provide $200, up from $100, per 24-month period.
Initially, the employer wanted to eliminate benefits from any new full-time employees hired at Pino’s Get Fresh after ratification. The Union Negotiating Committee, however, was able to maintain the existing benefit plan for new hires. Additionally, language improvements include a two-week schedule during the summer and in December, which will help employees plan around those busy times of year.
The new agreement, ratified on July 24, 2019, covers eight full-time and 90 part-time employees at the grocery store.
Union Negotiating Committee: Tom Brown, Charles Crouthers, and Union Rep Jim Hames.