The union at one of Canada's largest heavy-duty transit manufacturers reached a tentative agreement with their employer, New Flyer Industries on March 29.
"I commend the bargaining committee for holding the line on their defined benefit pension plan," said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. "These Unifor members have earned their defined benefits plans, and it's an issue worth fighting for."
Unifor Local 3003 represents 750 New Flyer workers in production, skilled trades, and inspection. The facility in Winnipeg builds and services busses used in transit systems used all over North America, including most Canadian cities, said the union.
When ratified, the collective agreement will cover the period from April 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022. Local 3003 succeeded in securing annual wage increases, maintained a defined benefit pension plan, and increased employer-paid coverage on various benefits, according to Unifor.
Unifor Local 3003 members will vote on ratifying the tentative agreement on April 8.