Deal ratified by Fin-Aire workers

March 25, 2014 at 1:43pm

UFCW Local 175 members working at Fin-Aire in Belleville achieved a new collective agreement on March 24, 2014.

The four-year contract includes wage increases of 1.75% retroactive for hours worked since the expiry of the previous contract. Workers will receive subsequent increases of 1.75% in years two and three, and 2% in the fourth year. Should the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI) be higher than the agreed upon increases, workers will receive the higher amount.

Each year, workers will receive two paid days to take Health & Safety training. Effective in the third year of the contract, overtime will be paid after 42.5 hours per week, instead of the current 44 hours. Members also benefit from improved vacation entitlement of four weeks, up from three, after 15 years’ service.

Additional improvements include a boot allowance of up to $125 per year, and an annual clothing allowance of $75, which is effective in year three. New language has also been added regarding a sunset clause.

Union Negotiating Committee: Darryl Strachan and Union Rep Paul Hardwick.