Liberté Natural Foods’ members ratify 3-year agreement
On September 28, 2014, members of UFCW Local 175 who work at Liberté Natural Foods’ Brisbane Plant in Downsview ratified a new collective agreement. The 36-member bargaining unit voted in favour of the three-year contract, which will see a number of improvements.
Workers will see first year wage increases of 2.3%, retroactive for hours worked since the expiry of their previous contract, and subsequent increases of 1.5% in year two and another 1.5% in year three. Improved overtime language allocates available extra hours based on seniority and classification, and overtime will be paid at 1.5 times a worker’s regular rate after 8 hours per day/40 hours per week. In addition, enhanced severance language has been added to the contract which provides 1.5 weeks’ pay per year of service up to 36 weeks.
Category 4, 6 & 9 employees will receive reimbursement of up to $75 per year for a clothing allowance.
Training language ensures that any new equipment requiring training will be given based on seniority, and should that new equipment require a higher category job classification, that job will be posted according to the language set out in the contract.
New language provides policy on accommodation for religious observation, which is protected under the Canadian Human Rights Code. Those wishing to take days for this purpose will receive up to two days per year.
Improved sick leave entitles employees with five or more years of continuous service with up to 50 hours of sick time per year.
Union Negotiating Committee: Richard Hannah, Yunus Yunus and Union Rep John DiNardo.