UFCW 1006A members at Host International at Toronto Pearson Airport have ratified a new union contract making several gains.
"I think it is an amazing contract,” said Karrianne Miller, a member of the bargaining committee. “They fought for a lot of good things for the employees to get. The majority were happy with it. The negotiations went smoothly and everything came together. The contract was a real benefit for the employees.”
The union negotiating committee was comprised of members, Victor Bettencourt, Nikki Burless, Carmen Daus, Jirina Hingar, Ayesha Khan, Darrin Miller, Karrianne Miller and Michelle Pow, Executive Assistant to the President Frank Ragni and Recorder Glacier Effs-Samuel.
The term of the contract is from December 31, 2021 to December 30, 2024 and covers about 500 workers.
Members at Host work as bartenders, servers, cooks, retail clerks and more in a variety of restaurants and shops throughout the airport.
“It was a win-win for the workers at Host,” said Miller. “The union negotiators were amazing.”
President Wayne Hanley congratulated the workers on their new contract.
“UFCW 1006A negotiators are highly skilled and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible contracts for our members,” said President Hanley. “I want to recognize the efforts of our negotiating committee members, who did an excellent job in achieving a strong contract for our members at Host. Congratulations on a job well-done.”
- Wage increase of 8% over life of the agreement
- 450 employer paid parking spaces
- New RRSP language
- New shoe reimbursement language
- Addition of new statutory holiday (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)
- New health and safety language