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Larabie’s YIG Members ratify

January 9, 2019 at 4:25pm

Through this set of negotiations with Larabie’s YIG, the Union Negotiating Committee was able to achieve an agreement with no concessions.

There are more than 100 employees at Larabie’s YIG in Kapuskasing who belong to the UFCW Local 175 bargaining unit. On January 6, 2019, these members ratified their new collective agreement.

Full-time employees receive a lump sum payment of $500 and a rate increase of 25 cents per hour as of ratification. Rates for full-time will increase by another $1 per hour over the contract term, plus two more $500 lump sums paid out as well. Part-time workers achieved a new wage grid that maintains a gap ahead of minimum wage. In addition, part-time receive the greater of a $250 lump sum or a 25-cent per-hour increase as of ratification. Department Managers receive an adjustment of $1.25 per hour as of ratification to help bring their rates in line with all department managers. In addition, the agreement adds Department Manager positions to the night shift.

Employees may now carry over their annual footwear allowance, which is $85 per year, to the following year to a maximum of $125. Part-time employees now receive the boot allowance as well. The employer will contribute $150 toward the printing of the members’ collective agreement books, plus $300 to the Local 175 Training & Education Fund.

Current entitled members retain a paid Floater Day, double time pay for working a statutory holiday, and optional Sunday work. Plus, the members achieved improved language regarding vacations that will clarify entitlements and process. In addition, the contract contains provisions for a joint labour management committee.

Larabie's YIG members of UFCW 175 ratifyThank you to the Members of the Union’s Negotiating Committee Kim Lapointe, Sylvie Roussel, and Daren Twaddle, who all worked diligently alongside Union Rep John Beaton to achieve this contract.

Congratulations to Sylvie Roussel as well for being voted Department Manager of the year 2018 by the members in her store! Check out the Facebook post featuring Sylvie here.

Read more about other agreements ratified recently by Members of UFCW Locals 175 & 633.