Length of many contracts this week is shortWage increases also generally modestBy Gordon Sova05/16/2011|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011 Another first agreement has been ratified in the British Columbia agricultural sector. This time, it is between Gipaanda Greenhouses and the Steelworkers.The wage increases are modest, one per cent, 1.5 per cent and two percent over three years, but a cost-shared health and welfare plan is created for roughly two-thirds of the bargaining unit with the greatest seniority. Provision for a six-month unpaid leave of absence for various purposes is also introduced.Hilroy, in Toronto, has extended their collective agreement with the CEP for 12 months with no wage increases. Premiums and benefits under the agreement are also unchanged. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.