Members at CFSU Ottawa ratify
On July 27, 2015, the members of Local 175 working at Canadian Forces Service Unit (CFSU) in Ottawa ratified a new agreement that covers the next four years.
All rates increase by 1% – 2% depending on service retroactive for hours worked since April 1. The members at the top rate receive subsequent wage improvements of 2.75% in year two, 2.5% in year three, and 2.5% in year four.
The annual boot allowance increases to $125 per year, and the tool allowance will increase from $120 to $135 per year over the term of the contract.
Vacation entitlement improves to provide 20 days for full-time workers with seven years of service and 23 days for those full-time with 16 years of service. Part-time workers now receive 8% vacation pay in their seventh year of service and 9.2% in their 16th year.
Improvements to bereavement language now provides one paid day’s leave for the death of an aunt or uncle, and family-related leave can now be utilized in hourly increments.
Additional language improvements provide additional steward representation at each work location, anti-discrimination and harassment clauses, and relocation leave policies for those whose military spouses are posted to another base.
Union Negotiating Committee: Niels Jorgensen, John Macko, Nazem Saleh, Sandra Proulx, Servicing Rep Jacques Niquet and Union Rep Paul Hardwick.