Members of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 2412 ratified a new collective agreement Oct. 11 with Seymour Windows of North Bay, Ont.
“Until now, management was free to do bargaining unit work and would not offer bargaining unit members overtime or even call members back from layoff for short periods of time, and would instead perform the work themselves because the collective agreement allowed it,” said Ralph Martin, IAM representative. “Now management must offer bargaining unit members overtime pay first or bring back members from layoff to do the work.”
The three-year agreement provides a $750 signing bonus upon ratification and wage increases of $0.50 per hour in the first year and $0.35 an hour in the second and third years respectively.
Other agreement highlights include implementation of a summer work schedule and the employer paid portion of the benefits package increases by 21 per cent.
The deal also includes an increased boot allowance, as well as an improved bereavement leave.
The 35 workers manufacture awnings and windows for the home renovation and new home construction industry.
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