Metro Beechwood members hold ratification meeting

August 14, 2014 at 9:35pm

The 90 bargaining unit workers at Metro Beechwood ratified a renewal collective agreement on August 7, 2014.

End rates increase by a total of $1.55 per hour over the life of the contract. Workers also receive a one-time lump sum payment of $1,000 for full-time and $600 for part-time, in the fourth year of the deal. The wage grid has also been improved to reflect the new minimum wage for the province. The night shift premium increases to provide $1 per hour, and the safety boot allowance is now $100.

Effective January 1, 2015, health benefits improve to include a drug card, with reimbursement of 100% for generic drugs and 80% for brand name prescriptions, $50 toward eye exams, and extended benefits for treatments from physiotherapists and psychologists.

Additional language allows workers with more than two weeks’ vacation entitlement, the option of breaking up one of those vacation weeks.

Union Negotiating Committee: Dominic Lalonde, Suzanne Parent, Sasha Ann Ryan and Union Rep Shannon Epp.