Good Humor strike ends with ratified deal
On Saturday, October 26, members at Good Humor-Breyers voted in favour of a new collective agreement, bringing an end to their strike which began on September 1.
The Company withdrew most of its proposed concessions, including the $4.50 wage cut to the female-dominated job classification, light labour. The contract includes wage increases of 2% in years four and five of the agreement and defined benefit pension increases of $2 in years one, three and five, for a total increase of $6, improving the plan from $58 to $64 over the term. In addition, lump sums will be paid over the course of the first three years of the deal, totalling $5,500 for active full-time and $3,000 for active seasonal employees.
With the shift to palletizing automation, there will be a reduction of at least 16 jobs. Severance packages and bumping rights were negotiated in a letter of understanding.
Employee’s meal period will no longer be paid, however, the defined benefit pension plan will not decrease as a result of the fewer number of paid weekly work hours and overtime will commence following 7.5 and 9.5 hours of work. Those scheduled for three 12-hour shifts on the weekend retain paid breaks and receive 40 hours’ pay.
Going forward, new employees hired will need to contribute a 15% co-pay for their health benefits and a new wage scale will be in place for these employees.
Union Negotiating Committee: Debbie Churcher, Tim Dedrick, Richard Ouwendyk, Paul Sheppard, Erica Taylor, Union Rep Matt Davenport and Region 6 Director Luc Lacelle.