On Jan. 6, more than 100 employees at Larabie’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG) in Kapuskasing, Ont., who belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), Local 175, signed a new collective agreement.
Full-time employees will receive a lump-sum payment of $500 and a rate increase of $0.25 per hour. Rates for full-time will increase by another $1 per hour over the contract term, plus two more $500 lump sums will be paid out as well. Part-time workers will have a new wage grid that maintains a gap ahead of minimum wage, said the union.
In addition, part-time receive the greater of a $250 lump sum or a $0.25-per-hour increase. Department managers receive an adjustment of $1.25 per hour to help bring their rates in line with all department managers. In addition, the agreement adds department-manager positions to the night shift, said UFCW.
Employees may now carry over their annual footwear allowance, which is $85 per year, to the following year to a maximum of $125. Part-time employees now receive the boot allowance as well. The employer will contribute $150 toward the printing of the members’ collective agreement books, plus $300 to the Local 175 Training and Education Fund, said the union.
Current entitled members retain a paid floater day, double time pay for working a statutory holiday, and optional Sunday work. Plus, the members achieved improved language regarding vacations that will clarify entitlements and process. In addition, the contract contains provisions for a joint labour-management committee, said UFCW.
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