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New agreement for workers at Metro Cornwall

May 26, 2015 at 11:24am

On May 20, 2015, the more than 60 members at Metro Cornwall secured a new three-year collective agreement which includes a number of improvements.

Full-time who are at the end rate as of May 20, 2015 will receive a lump sum payment of $850.  In addition, those full-timers at the end rate as of January 4, 2016 or January 4, 2017, receive lump sums of $850 in each of those years. Part-time employees who are at the end rate as of May 20, 2015 receive a lump sum payment of $500. In addition, part-time workers at the end rate as of January 4, 2016 or January 4, 2017, will receive lump sums of $500 in each of those years. Full-time workers hired after ratification will receive increases totalling $2.14 per hour over the three-year contract.

The Night Shift premium increases to $1 per hour, including any hours worked by non-night shift crew employees between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 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: Susan Desnoyers, Greg Pollard, Luc Lamoureux and Union Rep Daniel Mercier.