Metro Fallingbrook workers ratify
On May 19, 2015, members at Metro Fallingbrook in Ottawa voted in favour of a new six-year collective agreement. The more than 60 workers benefit from a number of improvements.
End rates for current full-time workers increase by a total of $1.90 per hour over the duration of the agreement. The end rate for part-timers increases by a total of $1.80 per hour over term. In addition, progression rates also improve. Full-time hired after ratification will receive increases totalling $4.10 per hour over the life of the contract. In addition, those full-timers at the end rate as of March 29, 2016, 2017 or 2018, will receive lump sums of $1,000 in each of those years.
Part-time employee promoted to a full-time position will now be credited with their full length of service for vacation purposes.
The Night Shift premium increases to $1 per hour, including 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 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 show allowance increases to $100.
New language in the agreement addresses overtime, negotiating committee pay, Duty to Accommodate, Leukemia Payroll deduction, and more. The agreement also contains improved language addressing 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: Wayne Kurchacha, Daniel Chartrand and Union Rep Daniel Mercier.