Sirens employees ratify 18-month contract

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February 13, 2018

UFCW Local 175 - Sirens Workers Ratify

On February 10, 2018, the 15 retail employees at the Sirens clothing store in Brampton ratified a new 18-month agreement. This renewed agreement contains a number of language improvements to better the work-life for these Members. The main issue for these employees was not being able to leave the store for their lunch and breaks.

Through bargaining, the Members rectified this and now employees may leave the store at those times if they wish.

Bargaining also achieved better visitation language to allow the Union Rep improved access. In addition, the employer agreed to reduce the sunset clause for discipline to 12 months, from 18 months. Members also benefit from improved language covering vacations, Bill 148, and pay equity.

The employer implemented a wage grid to reflect the new and pending minimum wage improvements. For Holiday pay, part-time employees will receive four hours’ pay at their regular rate or what is provided for under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), whichever is greater. Finally, employees with more than one year of seniority will receive a $100 company gift card.

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