On Saturday November 7, 2020 the approximately 960 members at Cargill Dunlop in Guelph voted in favour of a new four year Collective Agreement.
Over the term of the agreement wages will increase by $1.90, with Level 2 Maintenance wages increasing by $4.40, and payments are retroactive. Additionally, several classifications will be bumped up to the next higher pay band in addition to receiving the general wage increases.
Initially the company proposed language changes that would remove overtime payments and reduce the period for STD coverage. The overtime language has been in the CBA for over 3 decades. We are happy to report that we were in fact able to negotiate an increase to the STD plan payments from $485.00 to $525.00, as well as maintain the overtime payment language. There is also an increase to the tool allowance to $500 per year and bereavement language improvements.
Union Negotiating Committee: Navidad Talbot, Paul Alexander, Tom Wheeler, Shawn Jones, Bryan Dennis, Bob Munro, Collin Docherty, Darren Nowak, Andy Croft and Union Rep Sam Caetano.
In another first for this extraordinary year, the ratification meeting and vote for Cargill Dunlop members were held at a local drive in movie theatre. The memorandum was heard by members in their vehicles using the drive-in’s radio frequency. We did have one member whose battery went dead during the process, but in true union family fashion, another member was quick to help out and they were soon up and running.
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