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
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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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