Members working at Con Cast Pipe in Guelph ratified a 3-year collective agreement, securing wage and benefit improvements, and introducing the unit’s first Women’s Advocate.
The 125 members of Local 1917 manufacture reliable building products including precast and concrete pipe to support infrastructure projects.
“Ontario’s manufacturing sector continues to support not only good jobs like these at Con Cast Pipe, but ensures that materials required for infrastructure and construction are made here at home,” said Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. “I congratulate the bargaining committee, and the membership, for securing a good contract during this difficult time.”
The new deal includes increases to shift premiums, life insurance, meal allowance, and dental, major medical, and vision care.
All workers will see wage increases in every year of the agreement, with additional bumps for those in the trades and for apprentices.
“I’m proud of the work of our members every day, and am glad that the bargaining committee was able to secure a collective agreement that shows the value of their work,” said Jerry Escott, Local 1917 President.
A Women’s Advocate is a specially trained workplace representative who assists women with concerns such as workplace harassment, intimate violence and abuse. The Women’s Advocate is not a counsellor but rather provides support for women accessing community and workplace resources. Read more about the program here, including information about how to negotiate Women’s Advocate language, or a Domestic Violence Policy and Program.