Kleenzone workers ratify contract, ending labour dispute

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Unifor Local 1701 President Mike Hill, Unifor National Representative Robin Dudley and Kleenzone Bargaining Representative Lambros Kapsalis

Kleenzone workers who provide cleaning services at the Sanofi Pasteur Plant in Toronto will achieve significant pay hikes and improved benefits through a new four-year collective agreement. 

“With inflation as a key concern, these members stood together and pushed the company to improve wages,” said Mike Hill, Unifor Local 1701 President. “As a result, their bargaining committee was able to deliver an immediate $2 an hour increase with additional pay increases in each year of the contract.”

The approximately 60 Unifor Local 1701 members undertook a ten-day strike earlier this month after rejecting two previous offers.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Average 19% wage increase. ($2.00/hr immediately, Y2-2%, Y3-2% and Y4-3%)
  • New $2.00/hr premium for employees while performing specific tasks
  • Increase to 5 weeks vacation at 10% for members over 20 years seniority
  • Improved bereavement leave
  • Increase to training bonus
  • New Racial Justice Advocate
  • Several language improvements


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