First contract for workers at Wallack’s Art Shop & Gallery
On December 10, 2013, some of the newest members of Local 175 ratified their first agreement. The workers at Wallack’s Art Shop & Gallery in Ottawa, ratified the one-year deal which, in addition to standard collective agreement language, also includes wage and other improvements.
Workers paid less than $13 per hour will receive an increase of 2%. Those making more than $13 per hour receive a lump sum payment equivalent to 2% of their total earnings in the previous 12 months. Entry level rates for all classifications increase by 55 cents per hour.
Overtime will now be paid for hours worked during any of an employee’s regular days off, and all hours worked beyond 40 hours per week. Previously, workers had to work more than 88 hours per two-week period to receive overtime pay. In addition, employees can now bank overtime hours to be used to reduce any loss of earnings during a short week, layoff or other reason. Contract language ensures employees receive a 15 minute paid rest period per half-shift.