On February 28, 135 workers represented by Unifor Local 324-99, at Norbord’s Oriented Strand Board (OSB) mill in Barwick, Ontario ratified a new five-year contract.
The agreement includes 2 per cent wage increases in each of the first four years and a 2.5 per cent increase in the fifth year. The contract is retroactive to August 1, 2017.
“We’re very satisfied with the gains in this contract,” said George Smith, President of Local 324-99. “Our committee bargained tough and it paid off with better rates than most others in our sector.”
In addition to the significant monetary gains and the improved contracting out language, the local also bargained a profit-sharing plan with the employer. “The profit sharing will be anywhere from 16 to 20 per cent in addition to wages,” said Smith of the annual bonus that can be up to $10,000 per employee.