"I have realized that with patience, reasoning and determination a common ground can always be found and problems can be solved. And I now know that with our union on our side, we always have a voice." – John Alvarez, Maple Leaf Poultry
UFCW Canada Local 1000A members at Brandt Meat Packers fought back against major concessions and voted to ratify a new agreement with wage and language improvements.
The agreement runs from March 2015 to March 2019 and covers 67 workers at the Mississauga-based deli meat manufacturer.
Local 1000A members working at Sysco Fine Meats Toronto ratified a first-time collective agreement with wage increases, vacation entitlement improvements and much more.
Ratified on May 21, 2015, the agreement covers 86 workers. The term of the contract runs from May 22, 2015 to August 31, 2018.
Members will receive a $0.40/per hour increase upon ratification, a $0.45/per hour increase on September 1, 2015, a $0.45/per hour increase on September 1, 2016, and $0.50/per hour increase on September 1, 2017. All workers, employed at the time of ratification, will receive a one-time ratification bonus of $400.
Wage increase, lump sums, Christmas bonuses and benefit improvements were among the gains achieved by workers at Brandt Meats in a deal ratified on November 8.