First contract ratified by Flyer Force workers
On April 26, 2014, the members of UFCW Local 175 working at Ottawa Flyer Force ratified their first collective agreement.
The 68 workers, who won their certification vote last year, secured a three-year contract including a lump sum payment based on 1.5% of earnings in the previous 12 months, and subsequent increases totalling 45 cents per hour over the term of the contract. Employees who work the cage position will now receive a premium of 25 cents per hour for time worked at that position.
Overtime will be paid after 8 hours per day, or 40 hours per week, instead of the current 44 hours. Additional contract language ensures employees receive a 15 minute paid rest period per half-shift.
Workers also benefit from the creation of 18 new full-time positions.
Effective May 1, 2015, the company will contribute 40 cents per hour, for all hours paid and worked to employees with two years of service or more, to the UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Ontario Dental Benefit Trust Fund. Those workers who do not qualify for the dental plan as of that date will receive a lump sum calculated at 15 cents per hour worked up to the point at which they qualify for the dental plan. The employer will now pay 100% of the Life Insurance premium, previously paid at 50%, for employees that qualify.
Improved vacation language provides workers with five years of service with three weeks’ vacation entitlement paid at 6%. Employees with three weeks’ vacation entitlement may break one of those weeks into single days. In addition, employees may request that their day-in-lieu and vacation entitlement be paid at any time, and full-time workers will receive full shift pay for any Statutory Holiday.
Other improvements include a grievance procedure, minimum paid call-in of four hours, and language preventing managers from performing bargaining unit work. Language also establishes a sunset clause, time limits, steward representation, seniority rights for vacation and job postings, layoff recall and improved bereavement entitlement.
This plant employs up to 100 people during the fall months, where workers collate, package and deliver flyers and advertising materials in the greater Ottawa area.
Union Negotiating Committee: Edith Hernandez, Servicing Representative Jacques Niquet and Union Rep Daniel Mercier.