Length of many contracts this week is short

Wage increases also generally modest
By Gordon Sova
|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.