Unifor members of Local 200 and 707 at Leadec Corp. ratified a new three-year agreement by 80 per cent.
“These negotiations presented a unique set of challenges in an industry that is undergoing fundamental change,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Nonetheless, the bargaining committee members were determined to make important gains for our members and were successful in doing so.”
Approximately 150 custodial and facilities management workers at Ford auto plants in Oakville and Windsor are covered by the new agreement. The contract provides union members with a $2,000 signing bonus as well as a 2% raise in each year of the agreement, seven cent inflation protection, and an increase in shift premiums. Total improvements in wages amount to more than a nine percent wage increase over the life of the agreement when including weekend and overtime premiums and RRSP contributions.
“We set out to deliver a strong agreement for our members,” said Fuad Hassan, Unifor Local 707 Leadec Chairperson. “What we delivered was a solid agreement that not only made important economic gains for our members but also made equally important equity improvements as well.”
The agreement will introduce additional equity positions for both a Women’s Advocate and a Racial Justice Advocate to support union members.
The agreement also improves the employee benefits plan by providing medical cannabis coverage of $500 per person per year.
“On behalf of our bargaining committee, I want to thank the membership for the support and solidarity in these negotiations,” said Connor Fleming, Unifor Local 200 Leadec Chairperson. “This agreement would not have been possible without a strong show of support from our members.”