Ratification for Members at Metro Cumberland
At a meeting held July 29, 2014, the retail grocery workers at Metro Cumberland ratified a renewal collective agreement. End rate wages increase by a total of $1.55 per hour over the life of the contract, plus workers 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.
Effective January 2015, workers are entitled to new benefits including a drug card with 100% generic drug reimbursement and 80% for brand name prescriptions. Eye exams are now covered up to $50, and workers also benefit from $500 per year toward treatment through a Psychologist.
Further improvements include a fifth week of vacation entitlement after 17 years’ service, an improved boot allowance of $100, and an increase of the Night Shift premium to $1 per hour.
Union Negotiating Committee: Jean Courchaine, Ronald Leblanc, Brad Morrice, and Union Rep Shannon Epp.