First contract for Fin-Aire workers

March 2, 2010 at 7:17pm

On March, 1, 2010, new members of UFCW Local 175 achieved their first collective agreement. The bargaining unit at Fin-Aire in Bloomfield ratified a four-year agreement establishing general contract language including provisions for seniority, grievances and arbitration and steward representation. In addition, the workers benefit from the following:

  • All rates increase by 2 per cent in year one, 2 per cent in year two, 2.25 per cent in the third year and 2.75 per cent in the final year of the contract term.
  • In addition to Statutory Holidays, each employee will receive one floater day per year, effective February 2012.
  • Workers receive one day paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of their child.
  • Bereavement entitlement provides three days paid leave for the death of an immediate family member and one day paid leave for the death of an in-law family member.
  • The company will reimburse workers up to $75 per year for the purchase of safety boots.
  • Employee health and welfare benefits will be maintained at the current level with no addition cost to the employees.
  • Language addresses procedure for layoff, leaves of absence, health and safety provisions, hours of work and overtime.

Union Negotiating Committee: Gary Hawke and Union Rep Paul Hardwick.