Members at Farquhar Dairy achieve better vacation entitlement and more in new agreement
On May 3, 2022, the 15 full-time members at Farquhar Dairy in Espanola ratified a new three-year collective agreement.
The Union Negotiating Committee successfully achieved more vacation time with shorter intervals between the years of service required to reach certain levels of entitlement. In addition, a new sixth week of paid vacation has been added for those members with 28 years of service.
Members at Farquhar Dairy will benefit from significant wage improvements including:
- 3% in year one,
- 3.5% in year two, and;
- 4% in year three.
The RRSP-matching plan will see the employer’s contributions increase to 4.5% per year. Further monetary improvements mean that the uniform allowance now provides $500 per year. The work boot allowance will increase to $250 per year, up from $165.
Vision care coverage improves to $300, up from $200, and eye exams will now be covered up to $150 instead of $100.
The new collective agreement for the members at Farquhar Dairy also includes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a paid statutory holiday.
Union Negotiating Committee: Andrew Main and Robert McCutcheon. Union Representatives: Jeff Barry and Richard Eberhardt.
Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.