Nine Unifor locals in the energy sector across Ontario have ratified new three-year collective agreements with Enbridge Gas Inc. (formerly Union Gas). The new contract includes a two per cent wage increase in each year.
“I’m proud of how these Unifor members came together to use their collective strength to fight back concessions and get a fair contract,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
Three bargaining tables were aligned over the last 18 months to work collectively towards six collective agreements that protected the pension plans and benefited members across the company.
In addition to the wage increases, the agreement includes domestic violence leave, a signing bonus, the elimination of a North-South wage discrepancy, a Women’s Advocate, and an employer contribution to Unifor’s Social Justice Fund.
“We couldn’t have gotten this deal if we tried to approach the employer separately,” said George Light, President of Local 38-O. “With the help of the Unifor national office and the solidarity of nine locals, we were able to block concessions and get a better collective agreement.
The contract covers more than 950 members across Southwestern Ontario working in clerical, field operations, and transmission:
- North: Local 38-O (Kingston), Local 790 (Thunder Bay), and Local 795 (Timmins)
- Storage, Transmission, and Operations: Local 999 (Chatham and area)
- South: Local 56 (Brantford), Local 758 (Windsor), Local 914 (Sarnia), Local 938 (London), Local 999 (Chatham, Simcoe, Dunville), Local 8833 (various Southwestern Ontario)