Active Dynamics workers end strike with improved wages and sick days

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A group of people standing in front of Active Dynamics.

TORONTO— More than 250 members at Unifor Local 591-G have ended their five-day-long strike after ratifying a new collective agreement with Active Dynamics. 

“Congratulations to the bargaining team at Local 591-G for so firmly representing the needs of members,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

The new contract ensures strong wage increases, three new sick days, an increase to boot allowance, increase to shift premium, improvements to benefits – including no dispensing fee at Costco pharmacies and 80% of the dispensing fee covered elsewhere – and improvements to overtime, where Saturdays will always be paid at time-and-a-half.

Active Dynamics produces exhaust systems for tractors, heavy trucks, cargo vans and other engine vehicles in Scarborough, Ont. These members’ job titles include general labourers, material handlers, lead hands, welders, production operators and assistants. 

This contract is retroactive to July 1, 2023.

Members clapped and cheered when the contract was ratified said Local 591-G president Burke Moffat.

“This ratified collective agreement is testament of grit, hard work, solidarity, and commitment on the picket line,” he said. 

“The solidarity our members showed sent a clear message to Active Dynamic that they are committed and willing to fight for what is just. That resolve meant we were able to negotiate a wage increase that is one of the highest negotiated settlements I have seen across Canada this year.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad and strives to create progressive change for a better future.