UFCW 1006A members at NexCycle Plastics Brampton have voted to ratify a new union contract with gains, after successfully fighting back during negotiations against company proposals which would have negatively impacted members.
Union Representative Joe Blythe led bargaining, with support from members, Harry Balraj, Sarbjit Mangat and Harcharan Garcha.
“We are happy with what we got in the contract,” said Harry Balraj, also a steward at NexCycle. “It was a great experience being part of the committee and Joe did a lot for us.”
Negotiations were difficult, with the company wanting to introduce contract language, which would have reduced the bargaining unit size and made it easier to terminate workers. But ultimately, the workers prevailed.
The term of the contract is from February 15, 2021 to February 14, 2025 and covers 45 workers.
“The union negotiating committee did an outstanding job in standing up for the membership at NexCycle, ensuring they achieved a fair contract,” said President Wayne Hanley.
“The union advantage ensures workers have a voice at work, and are able to take action, through the negotiations process, to improve their working conditions and livelihoods.”
Workers at NexCycle work in a variety of roles including shipping, warehousing and as production/machine operator.
- Strong wage increases
- Doctor notes will be paid by company.