Vaughan, Ont. – June 15, 2019 – UFCW Canada Local 1006A members working at Unico have ratified a new union contract that provides wage gains, better benefits, and more.
Negotiations were led by UFCW 1006A Regional Director Don Taylor with support from Union Representative Frank Mensah and bargaining committee members Lou Vernace and Rooplall Surujnarine.
“At the end of the day, this is a fair contract,” says Vernace. “We are satisfied with everything and we made gains. We are also happy that there was strong participation and support from the membership.”
The new agreement is effective from July 24, 2018 to July 23, 2022 and covers 35 workers.
“We are proud of our negotiating committee for working hard to achieve this fair deal on behalf of the members at Unico,” says Wayne Hanley, President of UFCW 1006A.
Highlights of the four-year collective agreement include:
- Wage increases of $0.35 (retroactive to date of expiry), $0.35 in 2019, and $0.40 in 2020, 2021, and 2022;
- Enhanced union representation during discipline cases;
- The right to review personnel files;
- Improved leave of absence language;
- Improvements to bereavement leave language; and
- An increase in the vision care benefit.
UFCW Canada Local 1006A represents 36,000 members in a wide range of sectors across Ontario, including the grocery retail, food processing, hospitality, laundry, warehousing, transportation, and eye care industries. To learn more about UFCW 1006A, visit their website.
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