St Marys Cement workers ratify new three-year deal

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Unifor members working at St Marys Cement in Bowmanville, Ont. ratified a three-year contract, securing key economic and benefit improvements.

“Local 222 members at St. Marys Cement work incredibly hard in a demanding industry,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “I congratulate the membership for ratifying a very strong collective agreement and our bargaining committee for making so many important gains. Take pride in what you have accomplished here.

The new agreement includes a 16% wage increase over the life of the agreement. Workers will receive an 8% increase in year one, 5% in year two, and 3% in the final year. 

The wage package will give production workers between $6 and $7 more per hour over the life of the agreement. Skilled Trades workers will see wages increase by nearly $9 per hour over the course of the contract.

The contract expands benefit coverage to vision, paramedical and mental health services, as well as the addition of major dental coverage.

Members will also be transitioned into The College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) DB+ Pension Plan with employer contributions increasing to 11% of members’ earnings.

“This contract delivers on the core needs of our members. It provides a better and more lucrative wage package, greater supports, benefits and retirement security that will help members’ work-life balance,” said Paul Sowden, Unifor Local 222 St Marys Cement plant chairperson.

Other key improvements Include increased shift premiums, paid lunch breaks for all employees, lump-sum retirement supplement payments, and new annual safety clothing allowance.

The new collective agreement expires on Jan. 31, 2027.

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