Green For Life workers in Windsor, Ont., sign first contract

Wages hiked $3 per hour since joining union: Unifor
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 01/17/2019
Collective agreement
GFL was hired by the City of Windsor in 2010 to collect garbage until 2024. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Workers at Green For Life Environmental Services (GFL) in Windsor, Ont., ratified their first three-year collective agreement on Jan. 16.

“We have been bargaining since August 2018 and in November members voted to support a strike mandate, so it’s been a tough but worthwhile process to get to this agreement,” said Doug Boughner, Unifor, Local 444 vice-president.

Members voted 95 per cent in favour of the agreement, which includes wage increases, improved benefits and a pension plan, said Unifor.

Workers will see wage gains of $0.45 per hour for each of the three years, totaling to a $1.35-an-hour increase for the duration of the agreement. Since making the choice to join Unifor in May 2018 the workers have seen their wages increase by almost $3 per hour, said the union.

GFL was hired by the City of Windsor in 2010 to collect garbage until 2024.

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