Wendy’s workers ratify first contract
The 29 restaurant workers at Wendy’s in Thunder Bay ratified their very first collective agreement on January 16, 2018.
Rates for those with fewer than 1200 hours since April 1, 2017, will be set at minimum wage plus 25 cents per hour. The hourly rate for employees with more than 1200 hours since April 1, 2017, will be minimum wage plus 50 cents per hour. Workers with more than 4500 hours of service after January 1, 2017 receive a Long Service Premium of 30 cents per hour on top of any other adjustments.
Employees now have a basic insured health benefit plan. The employees will split premium costs for the plan 50/50 with the employer. The negotiating committee achieved one day paid bereavement leave. In addition, the employer will continue its practice of allowing employees to purchase meals at half cost while on shift.
The 33-month contract will see the fast food employees through to the end of 2019.
Union Negotiating Committee: Char Ellis, Taylor Voth, and Union Rep Colby Flank.