Members at Pettenuzzo’s YIG ratify

December 10, 2015 at 11:22am

On December 8, 2015, the more than 80 members working at Pettenuzzo’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG) in Kirkland Lake ratified a new contract.

Current full-time and part-time workers receive end rates increases totalling $1.25 per hour over the term of the deal with the first increase of 25 cents retroactive for all hours worked since expiry of the previous contract. All part-time workers hired after ratification receive hourly increases totalling 75 cents per hour. The majority of part-time employees will see an immediate increase of between 5 to 70 cents per hour, based on hours worked, because of a new wage grid. The new grid also ensures that part-time rates always stay ahead of minimum wage.

Full and part-time workers scheduled for the night shift receive a premium of $1.05 per hour for hours so worked. The lock-up premium increases to $8 per closing shift. In addition, workers receive a signing bonus of $100 for those with more than two years of service and $50 for those with less than two years of service. The Safety Footwear allowance improves to $100 every year for full-time, and $100 every two years for part-time. All current full-time employees also receive a paid floater day.

Union Negotiating Committee: Kelly Bodick, Shawn Goodman, and Union Rep Matt Belanger.