Toronto – November 19, 2020 – Food service and delivery workers at Mama Earth Organics have achieved a new union contract that provides wage gains, improved benefits, and more.
The new three-year collective agreement runs until October 29, 2023 and covers approximately 120 members, who prepare and deliver fresh, organic food baskets for clients. Workers at Mama Earth Organics made the following gains in their first contract:
- $1.10 in wage increases over the term of the contract;
- Benefit plan expanded to cover family, with less cost to members;
- Three paid sick days;
- A transparent job posting process; and
- Job security through limits on temporary employees and contracting out
Karen Munk, a negotiations committee member and packer with the company for over four years, is elated to have a first collective agreement.
“Looking forward to getting this contract was the hopeful light that kept us going during the pandemic,” says Munk. “It’s been so uplifting and overwhelming – this was the boost that we needed.”
“We’re very proud of the Mama Earth workers’ resolve to fight for a fair union contract that recognizes their hard work and commitment,” says UFCW 1006A President Wayne Hanley. “The strength and stability that a union contract provides to workers is so important, especially during this pandemic,” he adds.
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 read more about UFCW 1006A and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.
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