Canada Malting members ratify
On December 18, 2017, the Members at Canada Malting in Thunder Bay voted to ratify a new collective agreement.
Negotiations required meeting in conciliation with the employer to get past issues regarding money, pension plans, and vacation and seniority. The agreement reached will see the 38 employees in the bargaining unit through to 2020.
Wages increase by a total of $2.03 per hour over the three-year term. The first raise is retroactive for hours worked since April 1, 2017. The Lead Hand rate increase to $1 per hour, up from 50 cents. Additionally, employees receive a $15 meal allowance if working more than two hours of unplanned overtime continuous with their regular shift.
Through conciliation, the parties agreed on contribution rates and language regarding the workers’ pension plan as well. Members will vote on the allocation of the added pension contributions. In addition, the employer will pay an improved safety boot allowance of $200 per year, up from $150.
The committee achieved new language regarding 12-hour shift work. Additionally, new language establishes zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimization in the workplace. Other language improvements provide a paid day off for a parent upon the birth of their child. Lastly, employees classified as Maintenance receive a market rate wage adjustment of $1 in the first year plus 50 cents in the second, and another 50 cents in the third year.
Union Negotiating Committee: Jason Dyck, Dan Scaffeo, Allen Wragg, Union Rep Colby Flank, and Executive Assistant Luc Lacelle.