Guelph, Ont. – September 9, 2020 – After winning unionization early this spring, UFCW Local 1006A members working at NexCycle in Guelph have ratified their first union contract, achieving wage increases, improved vacation language, and more.
“When we welcomed the new members from NexCycle Guelph, we committed to working with the bargaining unit to improve their rights and livelihoods,” says UFCW 1006A President Wayne Hanley. “With this first collective agreement, we have achieved gains and have created a strong foundation for members to build on for the future.”
Negotiations were led by UFCW 1006A Union Representative Kevin Bacon, with support from members Yvonne Koplane and Ron Higgins. The contract runs until 2023 and covers approximately 20 members working at the recycling company.
Highlights of the new, three-year collective agreement include:
- Wage increases over the term of the agreement;
- An improved boot allowance;
- Improved vacation qualifier;
- Overtime allocated by seniority;
- Union orientation time for newly hired employees; and
- The addition of seniority language and grievance and arbitration procedures.
UFCW 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 and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.
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