Members of Unifor Local 462, representing warehouse workers at Gesco Industries in Brampton, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year collective agreement.
“Unifor is Canada’s leading union for warehouse workers – we’re ensuring that workplace standards keep up with this rapidly growing industry,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “I’m proud of the gains the bargaining committee has made for workers at Gesco.”
The new agreement, ratified on November 30, 2019, includes milestone improvements on emergency and sick leave, enhanced language on equal pay for equal work, adoption of Unifor’s Women’s Advocate Program, new harassment and accident/incident investigation processes, and wage increases.
“We made breakthrough gains during this round of bargaining – importantly, we enhanced sick and emergency leave benefits that go well beyond what the Ford government had recently revoked,” said Charles Redden, Local 462 President. “We’re fighting back against Ford’s attack on workers at the bargaining table.”
In October 2018, the Ford government eliminated mandatory paid sick days. Unifor is advocating for change through federal and provincial lobbying and has adopted a province wide bargaining program to enhance sick and emergency leave benefits in collective agreements.
“The bargaining committee greatly exceeded our bottom line on language and wage improvements in this round of bargaining,” said Larry McIntyre, Local 462 Unit Chair.
The addition of the Women’s Advocate Program in this new three-year agreement means specially trained members will assist members and their families facing domestic violence, and the agreement includes new language that secures up to 26 weeks of domestic violence leave.