Metro St-Laurent workers vote yes to new agreement
On December 8, 2014, the members of Locals 175 & 633 at Metro St-Laurent in Ottawa secured a new three-year collective agreement. The more than 60 workers benefit from a number of improvements.
Full-time workers at the end rate as of December 8, 2014 will receive a lump sum payment of $1,350. In addition, full-timers at the end rate as of December 8, 2015 or 2016 will receive lump sums of $850 in each of those years in which they qualify. Full-time workers hired after ratification will receive increases totalling $3.20 per hour over the three-year contract.
Part-timers who are at the end rate as of December 8, 2014 will receive a lump sum payment of $750. In addition, those part-timers at the end rate as of December 8, 2015 or 2016, will receive lump sums of $500 in each of those years as well. Existing part-time employees hired before December 8, 2014 shall be credited with their hours already worked and will be slotted into new wage scales providing them with hourly increases totalling between 10 cents and $1.40 per hour.
The Night Shift premium increases to $1 per hour, which includes any hours worked by non-night shift crew employees between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. New language provides a shift premium of $10 per day for any bargaining unit member, other than the full-time assistant night operation manager, who is scheduled to be responsible for the store in the absence of a manager. Any employees appointed to do shipping/receiving for two hours or more in any given day receive a shift premium of 75 cents per hour.
Current benefit levels will be maintained, and the company will continue to pay the benefit plan premiums. Short-term Disability increases to a maximum of $500 per week. New vision care coverage provides a maximum of $200 per 24-month period and eye exam reimbursement of up to $50 per 24-month period. Orthopedic shoes will be reimbursed up to $400 every two years, and the safety shoe allowance increases to $100.
New language in the agreement addresses overtime, negotiating committee pay, Duty to Accommodate, Leukemia Payroll deduction, and more. Improved language deals with harassment, discrimination, and bullying, part-time rest breaks, part-time vacation entitlement, hours of work, shift guarantees, and job postings. The company will contribute $300 to the UFCW Local 175 Training & Education Fund in each year of the agreement.
Union Negotiating Committee: Angela McLean, Trevor Seay, Gaeatn Quesnel and Union Rep Daniel Mercier.