Six-year deal for Metro
Metro in Brockville has a new six-year collective agreement. The deal was ratified on May 10, 2011. The contract includes wage increases, an additional statutory holiday and significant new language on a variety of policies, including bereavement, night crew premiums and more.
In the first year of the contract, wages will increase by $0.35, with an additional $0.30 in each of the next two years. Lump sum payments will be given in the next three years of the contract, amounting to $0.50 per hour. A detailed wage increase chart is available for workers. There is a signing bonus for all workers. Full-time members will receive $200 and part-time workers will receive $100. Family Day will also be given as a statutory holiday.
The changes made to several policies and procedures increase the rights and protections for workers. For instance, time off for bereavement is increased from 3 days to 5 for fulltime workers, for a parent, spouse, child or grandchild. If bereavement falls during an employee’s vacation, they are able to carry the paid time over. In addition to this, a new policy on dignity and respect in the workplace was added. It outlines unacceptable behaviour including staff bullying and intimidation. Health and Safety is also a focus, with new additions to the contract emphasizing the importance of safety on the job. For example, the company will now pay lost wage time (up to 4 days per year) if a worker is attending a Union health and safety training.
Negotiating Committee: Don Keck, Gary Pettem, Debbie Robinson, Alan Scott. Chief Negotiator: Simon Baker