Lactalis Canada members ratify significant wage improvements

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December 19, 2023

Lactalis Canada Inc. members in Sudbury ratified a five-year agreement on November 28, 2023 which includes wage improvements for all workers (Part-time worker wages are the same as full-time wages).

Lactalis negotiating committee members sit at the bargaining table during negotiations.
  • Year 1 – 3.5%
  • Years 2 & 3 – 2.5%
  • Years 4 & 5 – 3.5%

This will result in an increase of $4.85 for Production 1 and $4.79 for Production 2 workers.

Members will also receive a signing bonus of $500 at ratification.

Pension contributions will be increased $1.00 per month per year throughout the contract.  January 1, 2024, the Company will amend the future service pension plan, to provide an employee at the normal retirement age of 65 a service-related pension benefit of $87.00 per month per year. Then, going forward in 2025 – $88.00, 2026 – $89.00, 2027 – $90.00 and 2028 – $91.00 for employees hired before January 1, 2015.

Benefit improvements include:

  • Life insurance increase of $2000 per year throughout the contract.
  • Dental plan increases to current Ontario Dental Association fee schedule.
  • Dental benefit increases by $100 per year throughout the contract.
  • Vision care provides maximum benefit of $300 up from $275, and $100 for eye exam every 24 months.
  • Update Chiropractic benefit to Paramedical benefit of $500 up from $275 which now includes x-rays, physiotherapists, and massage therapists.
  • LTD benefit up to 66% from 60% and an increase to the cap by $150 per contract year, an important and long-awaited improvement for these members.

Language improvements include:

  • Boot allowance increases from $250 to $275 and now includes insoles. Beginning January 2026, the boot allowance increases to $300, including insoles.
  • Increases in bereavement leave for brother, sister, mother and father in-law, and grandchildren to five working days off. Grandparents, brother/sister-in-law added to three working days off.
  • Probation period reduced from 75 days to 480 hours worked with reviews approximately every 160 hours.

Union negotiating committee: Marc Frappier, Robert Gaudreau and Steven Gervais. Union representatives: Jeff Barry and Michael Bernier.

Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.

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