Ottawa – February 20, 2020 – UFCW Local 175 members working at Imperial Parking in Ottawa have ratified a new three-year collective agreement that provides wage gains, higher premiums, and better benefits.
The Union Negotiating Committee achieved several improvements to language in the agreement that will benefit the members. In terms of bumping language, the two most senior employees may now bump into any work location of their choice. This may be a higher-paid job classification if no jobs are available in their own classification.
Wages will improve by a total of 95 cents per hour over the agreement term. In lieu of retroactive pay, full-time employees will receive a lump sum payment of $250, and part-time employees will receive $100.
In addition, employees will benefit from an improved progression scale of three years instead of the previous seven years required to reach end rates. Shift premiums improve to provide $1 per hour for training, up from 85 cents, and $1 for the overnight shift, up from 80 cents.
Other monetary increases provide an improved boot allowance of $100 per year, up from $80, for full-time employees. A boot allowance of $100 per two-year period now applies to part-time employees. Previously, part-timers did not receive this allowance. The meal allowance for employees on 12-hour shifts increases to $12.50 per meal, up from $10.
In year two of the agreement, the employer will pay $6 more per month on behalf of each employee toward health benefit premiums. This increases to $7 per employee in year three.
The agreement covers approximately 45 full-time and 66 part-time employees. The Union Negotiating Committee consisted of UFCW 175 members Roble Abdihakim, Bjama Wais Abdo, and Ali Mohamed Ali, and Union Representatives Jacques Niquet and Joe Tenn. To read more about the new union contract at Imperial Parking Ottawa, click here.
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