Three-year Contract for E.D. Smith

October 28, 2011 at 5:25pm

Members at E.D. Smith have a new contract. The three-year deal gives workers an increase in wages, benefits and improved contract language. Wages rise by 2% in the first two years of the contract and 1.5% in the last year. In the first year of the contract, an additional 2% will be given to members in the Batcher I and Stacker/Floater classifications and 1.5% to workers who are in the Operator I classifications. There is a new training premium of $1.25 per hour for all hours assigned by the Company to conduct formal job training. In addition to this, there will also be a three-month trial on a new job class of Case Packer operator.

Members will also receive increased allowances for supplies. The yearly boot allowance increases by $10 in first year and $5 in second and third years. The maintenance tool allowance increases by $100 for skilled maintenance and registered apprentices. Member will receive an increase in benefits as well. The yearly maximum for dental coverage rises to $1,800 and the spousal and dependent life and AD&D coverage increases by $5,000. Optical coverage increases to $200 in the first year, $225 in the second year and $250 in the third year, and can now also apply to covering the cost of an eye exam.

There is improved language for cross training opportunities and the recall process. Step family and grandchildren were added to the list of applicable family under the bereavement provisions. Mandatory overtime was reduced from 150 hours to 125 hours per year.

Negotiating Committee: Steve Dietrich, Ken Roelandt, Tim Lawrence, Tom Williamson and Eric Oosterbosch. Union Representative: Tim Deelstra