First contract for Golden Cut workers
125 workers at Golden Cut Poultry in Etobicoke gained their first collective agreement after a ratification vote on September 25, 2011. Workers are now protected by the newly established language as well as their right to a grievance procedure which enforces their legal rights. Workers benefit from the following improvements:
- As of date of ratification, members receive a 2% wage increase. Additional increases of 2% will be paid out each year from October 1, 2012 until October 1, 2015. A shift premium of 20 cents per hour will be paid out to any member who begins their shift between 3 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Bereavement leave now allows for a five-day leave with pay for the loss of a current spouse or child, up to three days for a parent, sibling or grandchild, and one day for brother or sister in-law or grandparent.
- The company will provide a safety footwear allowance of $80 as of January 1, 2012. The allowance increases to $85 in 2013, then to $90 as of January 1, 2014.
- Workers will benefit from having a total of four Union Stewards to represent their immediate needs in the plant.
- Effective October 1, 2014, the Company will provide members with a weekly indemnity program to cover accident, hospitalization, and sickness.
- Language negotiated to address seniority, job postings, job transfers, hours of work, jury leave, safety and health.
- Negotiating Committee: Yu Mui So, He Zhong Lin, Shan En Xu and Union Representatives Matt Davenport and Meemee Seto.