Metro workers ratify contract
On Sunday, March 25, following numerous days of bargaining including eight days in conciliation over the last six months, Metro workers had the opportunity to vote on a settlement reached by the parties just over a week ago.
The ratified agreement, recommended unanimously by the workers’ 27-member negotiating committee, provides wage improvements for existing Metro workers and a job guarantee for full-time workers hired before January 1, 2008, for the duration of the contract.
Current Group 1 workers receive increases in the form of lump sum payments and rate increases in alternating years. Current workers in Group 2 stores will, over the course of the contract, have their wages increased to meet the rates of Group 1 store workers.
Additional improvements include increased company contributions to the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP), additional leave for long service employees, and the possible addition of a Seafood Department Head classification in all stores. The current level of health and welfare benefits will be continued for full-time and part-time workers benefit from some improvements to their coverage as well.
The company is limited to a maximum of six Food Basics conversions over the life of the agreement, with none in the first year. Additionally, the company is limited to converting a maximum of six stores to a Metro Barn Market over the contract term with none in the first year and no more than two per year thereafter.
If Metro members have any questions about the new agreement and what it means, please contact your Union Rep.
Union Negotiating Committee
Tim Brennan, May Chalmers, Colleen Cox, Tim Kelly, Brian Kozlowski, Ray Laforge, Don Lupton, Walter Marshall, Carolyn Martin, Laura Morton, Pat Newell, Dan Nobile, Renzo Nobile, Anne Quigley, Rob Rovinelli, Nash Saad, Barry Schnabel, Dale Stuart, Jackie Wakeman, Stephanie Whibbs, Brad Wigle, Union Rep Brenda Simmons, Director Sylvia Groom, Executive Assistants Al McLean and Harry Sutton, Local 633 President Dan Bondy and Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty.