Union members at Cintas achieve a new agreement
The three-year agreement, ratified on July 18, contains a number of improvements for the 30 full-time workers at the Cintas Cambridge facility.
All employees receive a 2% salary increase in each year of the contract term. This totals almost $1.50 per hour for most of the employees at Cintas. Contributions to the workers’ RRSP plan improve to reach $2.50 per hour worked, up from $2, by the final year of the agreement. In other monetary improvements, employees will receive an improved boot allowance of $200 per year. This is an increase from the previous $125 per year and they can now use that allowance to purchase more than one pair per year.
Additionally, paid sick leave increases to 50 hours, up from 48. Anyone working four 10-hour days will receive 10 hours pay for all statutory holidays outlines in the agreement.
Language improvements will see the agreement become entirely gender neutral. In addition, the committee secured better language regarding scheduling, and health and safety meetings.
The employer will contribute $500 per year toward the UFCW Local 175 Training & Education Fund. Plus, the employer will cover 50% of the cost to print copies of the agreement for the Members.
Employees at Cintas provide uniform and work apparel rental and laundry services for the Cambridge, Kitchener, and Guelph area.
Union Negotiating Committee: Norm Ciotti and Union Rep Melody Slattery.