Manufacturing workers at Ingredion – which processes corn into sweeteners and other products in Cardinal, Ont. – have ratified a new four-year agreement.
“This agreement recognizes the skill and hard work of our members at Ingredion,” said Local 483 President Bill Garlough. “There were no concessions in the new agreement.”
The 150 members of Local 483, which includes processing and Skilled Trades workers, voted to ratify the contract on March 3, 2023, by 82%.
The new agreement begins March 15, 2023, and expires April 14, 2027.
Gains include an overall 14.25% wage increase over the lifespan of the contract, with a 4.5% hike in the first year, 3.5% in year two, 3.25% in year three and 3% in the last year.
The wage increase is set to commence a month early – on March 15, 2023 – because of the early ratification and the company included a $500 signing bonus.
The members will earn an average of $42.96 an hour in the last year of the agreement.
The bargaining committee also successfully updated the Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) formula and negotiated a paid sick day for the first time.