Locals 175 & 633 UFCW Canada

Locals 175 & 633 UFCW Canada

December 19, 2006 12:38 ET

A&P Workers Achieve Good New Agreement with Job Guarantees for Full-Time Workers

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - Approximately 10,000 workers at the 78 Ontario A&P, Ultra Food & Drug, and Dominion stores represented by UFCW Locals 175 & 633 have a new three-year collective agreement.

"The contract is the culmination of months of difficult meetings and hard bargaining between the 24-member Union negotiating committee and the employer," says President Wayne Hanley. "Members, for the most part, were appreciative of the hard work done by their committee and the good results that they ultimately achieved. The members ratified the new agreement, by more than 85 per cent, in voting conducted at 68 meetings throughout the province on December 17 and 18."

The new agreement contains significant gains, building on benefits that members have negotiated in past contracts. The employer will improve the vision care plan and make substantial additional contributions to the employee's dental, pension and Health & Welfare plans. The latter, which is fully-funded by the company, provides eligible employees with Group Life, Major Medical, Weekly Indemnity, Long Term Disability and Prescription Drug coverage. Those full-time workers who elect early retirement after age 55 will continue to receive vision, medical, and drug benefits for themselves and their dependents to age 65. Full-time workers are provided with a job guarantee for the life of the collective agreement. The company also committed to maintaining its innovative four-day, 36-hour workweek for full-time workers who elect this option.

The new contract gives each bargaining unit member an immediate minimum 25-cent-per-hour increase, retroactive to the expiry date of the previous contract. Workers receive an additional 50 cents per hour over the life of the contract.

Since early December, after the members gave their negotiating committee a strike mandate, the two parties met continuously with a provincially-appointed conciliation officer. They reached the final memorandum of settlement very early in the morning of December 16.

Locals 175 & 633 of the United Food & Commercial Workers Canada form the largest local union of the United Food & Commercial Workers. The Locals represent approximately 50,000 Ontario workers, in more than 900 workplaces, across about 20 sectors of the economy. Educational opportunities available to members include an extensive Internet Distance Education Program.

Offices are located in Mississauga, Ottawa, Hamilton, Kitchener and Thunder Bay.

Contact Information

  • Locals 175 & 633 UFCW Canada
    Communications
    (905) 821-8329
    (905) 821-7144 (FAX)
    Website: www.ufcw175.com