Unifor Local 1106 members at Dana Canada Corporation Power Technologies Group have voted to ratify a new four-year collective agreement with 80 per cent in favour. The 264 members manufacture auto parts primarily for Ford and General Motors in Mount Forest, Ontario.
The new agreement contains significant gains for Unifor members, including a reduction to the grow-in rate from 54 months to 48 months for Cell Operators. This change will permit some members to exit the grow-in period immediately with retroactive pay, while allowing others to progress six months earlier to the top pay rate.
All members will be given a lump sum payment in year one. The contract also provides skilled trades members with annual increases of $1.00 an hour for the remaining three years. Workers in all other classifications will receive wage hikes over the life of the collective agreement.
The bargaining committee also negotiated an increase in benefits, including higher safety boot/shoe allowance, and improved vision coverage; there will be a new format to ensure premium overtime days are awarded to employees who regularly work overtime.
A key bargaining priority was also obtained with a Letter of Understanding acknowledging the renewal of commercial contracts and bidding of new work is ongoing and that the union will have a constructive role in securing existing and new work.
The new contract will expire March 30, 2022.