Unifor Local 222 members at the Pilkington Glass unit in Whitby, Ontario achieved significant wage increases and gains in paid vacation in a new three-year collective agreement, ratified on May 21, 2019.
“The bargaining committee worked hard to negotiate a strong contract that includes the largest pay increases since the unit was formed back in 2007,” said Unifor Local 222 President Colin James.
The increase in the wage progression moves 6 per cent as of June 9, 2019 with additional increases of 2 per cent in both 2020 and 2021.
Significant progress was made in other areas with the addition of the full Women’s Advocate programme, paid domestic violence leave, and harassment language that adds a four-member Joint Investigation Committee with all investigation training paid by the employer.
The new agreement also secures a preferential hire agreement that will offer first opportunity employment to any members displaced from General Motors Oshawa or the General Motors supply chain.
The new contract covers approximately 100 Pilkington workers at the facility, which supplies Honda, Toyota and Lexus.
“This collective agreement puts us on solid footing for the future,” said James.
The bargaining committee consisted of Local 222 President Colin James, Unit Chairperson Todd Robinson, Committee Member Ray Buller, Local 222 Organizer Joel Smith and National Representative Sam Snyders.