Sudbury Bearskin Airlines members ratify

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July 30, 2018

Members of UFCW Local 175 employed Bearskin Airlines in Sudbury ratified a new agreement recently.

Included in the contract are wage increases totalling $1.27 per hour over the term of the deal. The first increase of 37 cents per hour is retroactive for hours worked since May 15. All employees, whether full or part-time, are now on the same wage scale. In addition, the premium paid for training increases to $1.50 per hour, up from 50 cents. Other monetary improvements include a new shoe allowance of $50 per year.

Bereavement entitlement now provides leave for more family members than previously. A new vision care benefit provides $50 toward an eye exam, and $250 toward eye glasses, every 24 months. The employee’s benefits now allow the option of adding life insurance, critical illness coverage, and long-term disability.

New language ensures employees receive uninterrupted meal periods. The contract now recognizes Family Day as a statutory holiday as well.

Lastly, the employer will pay up to $100 toward printing collective agreements for the Members.

Union Negotiating Committee: Danielle Fortin, Sarah Plante, and Union Rep Jeff Barry.

Read some more recent negotiation updates for the Members of UFCW Locals 175 & 633!