Vast Auto workers in Brampton, Ont., ratify agreement

Wages rise in new deal
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 02/15/2017

Workers at Vast Auto in Brampton, Ont., have ratified a collective agreement.

"This was a big victory because of the action taken by workers and the capacity of our union to apply pressure on the employer," said Paulo Ribeiro, Unifor staff representative.

The 29 members of Unifor Local 1285, went on strike on Feb. 3 after the employer walked away from the bargaining table, said the union.

The three-year deal ratified Feb. 15 will see starting wages rise immediately from $12.70 per hour to $14  per hour. By the end of the contract, the starting wage will be $15 per hour, with a top rate of $17.16 per hour.

The new collective agreement comes after more than a week of other Unifor members picketing with the Vast Auto strikers in Brampton, and a rally held last Friday at the employer's Scarborough, Ont., location.

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