On June 12, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) concluded negotiations with Bee Clean building maintenance for workers employed to clean the postal plants in Hamilton, Kitchener and Windsor in Ontario.
The negotiations committee unanimously endorsed the tentative agreement. Ratification votes will now be scheduled, said the union.
This was a difficult set of negotiations as the previous contract had merged three separate collective agreements into one but contained different working conditions based on the postal facility. Negotiations were further compounded by both the union’s and employer’s chief negotiators leaving their positions in mid-bargaining, according to CUPW.
There is a 20.5 per cent increase over the life of the collective agreement. Current employees will see a slightly reduced increased based on their current wage rate, said the union.
The changes to the tentative settlement include:
- Recognition of the union as bargaining agent should Canada Post relocate to a new facility.
- Improvements for bargaining unit members in the coverage of short- and long-term absences.
- Paid sick leave will be increased from 6 to 7 days per year.
- The vision care benefit was doubled from $150 to $300 every 24 months.
- The boot allowance will be increased from $120 to $150.
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