Kingston retail grocery workers approve renewed contract
The members of Local 175 working at Metro Bayridge, formerly Loeb Bayridge, in Kingston met on May 16, 2010 to ratify a new collective agreement. The 90 retail grocery workers in this bargaining unit achieved the following:
- Full-time workers at the end rate receive a wage increase of 30 cents per hour in each of the first four years of the contract term, with the first raise retroactive to March 1, 2009, and 40 cent per hour, for all hours worked, paid in lump sums in years five and six.
- Part-time workers receive wage increases of 25 cents per hour to the end rates in the first two years of the agreement the first of which is retroactive to March 1, 2009.
- In years three and four, part-time workers receive increases of 30 cents per hour to the end rates and in years five and six they receive 40 cents per hour for all hours worked, paid in lump sums.
- All workers in progression on the wage scale receive a lump sum payment of $200
- The company will contribute 15 cents per hour toward the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP) Stabilization Fund.
- Family Day has been added as a paid holiday for both full and part-time workers.
- Both full and part-time workers benefit from an improved safety boot allowance.
- Improved language addresses bereavement leave entitlement.
- The health & safety committee will now have up to four days paid leave for training.
- Students benefit from greater flexibility regarding minimum availabilities.
Union Negotiating Committee: Rick Deblois, Dan Quinn and Union Rep Paul Hardwick.