Ratified by 84% on Tuesday, May 14, the new collective agreement for Autoport workers in Halifax makes strong gains including a paid 30-minute lunch, a 30-minute shorter work day, improved bereavement leave and wage increases representing an average increase of 4 to 5 per cent annually over three years.
“We knew this round of negotiations was going to take time because both sides had a lot a concerns they wanted to address,” said Scot Spike, President of the Autoport unit Lodge 1 at Local 100. “I’m proud of the committee for working so well together and for the patience and support of our members.”
Other gains in the contract include an increased RRSP employer pension contribution to 9 per cent, new language around scheduling and improved Women’s Advocate language covering recurring training.
“We knew from our many years dealing with CN that it would be challenging to have them share their profits with the workers but it’s great to see the solidarity of the members at Lodge 1 standing behind their bargaining committee and achieving a great agreement,” said Terry McKimm, President of Local 100.
Autoport is one of the largest vehicle processing and shipment facilities in North America handling nearly 185,000 vehicles every year. The facility is located in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, at the mouth of the Halifax harbour.