Members at Canadian Forces Service Unit achieve new contract – UFCW 175

Ottawa – August 22, 2015 – UFCW Canada Local 175 members working at the Canadian Forces Service Unit (CFSU) in Ottawa have achieved a new collective agreement.

The new four-year contract sees all wage rates increase by 1 to 2 percent, depending on length of service and retroactive for hours worked since April 1. Members at the top wage rate will receive subsequent wage improvements of 2.75 percent in year two of the contract, 2.5 percent in year three, and 2.5 percent in year four.

The new agreement also features improvements to vacation entitlement, as well as boot and tool allowance increases.

The improved bereavement language now provides one paid day's leave for the death of an aunt or uncle, and family-related leave can now be utilized in hourly increments.

Additional language improvements provide increased steward representation at each work location, anti-discrimination and harassment clauses, and relocation leave policies for members whose military spouses are posted to another base.

Members of the union negotiating committee included Niels Jorgensen, John Macko, Nazem Saleh, Sandra Proulx, UFCW Canada Local 175 Servicing Representative Jacques Niquet, and Union Representative Paul Hardwick.