Members at Metro Greenbank meet to ratify

July 17, 2014 at 10:56am

Retail grocery members from Metro Greenbank in Ottawa met on July 13, 2014 to review the terms of their new collective agreement and vote on its ratification. The deal, which was ratified at the meeting, includes a number of improvements.

End rates for both full and part-time increase by a total of $1.30 per hour over the life of the contract. In addition, full-time at the end rate receive two lump sum payments of $1,000 each, and part-time workers at the end rate receive two lump sums of $600 each. A new part-time wage scale will be implemented which takes into consideration any future increases to the minimum wage.

Vision care benefits now include an increase of $50 to eye exam coverage as well as $200 toward eye care per 24-month period. The coverage for orthotics/orthopedic shoes increases to $400 per two-year period and the safety shoe allowance improves to $100. Workers will receive a new drug card and the short-term disability (STD) pay increases by $50 per week. All unused sick days will be paid out in full.

Union Negotiating Committee: Amanda Cowell, Tracie Cowell, Dave Duman, Servicing Rep Jacques Niquet and Union Rep Daniel Mercier.