Unifor Local 1015 Canadian Linen plant workers ratify new deal

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Laundry washing machines.

Unifor Local 1015 Canadian Linen workers voted 80% to ratify a four-year collective agreement Friday, November 26, 2021 in Dartmouth, N.S.

“Congratulations to the members of Local 1015,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The bargaining team represented workers’ values and priorities and negotiated the best collective agreement for the membership.”

The term of the new agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and expires on January 1, 2024.

The gains include wage increases. In the first year, workers will get a 5.2% bump, retroactive in the first year, adding up to 14.2% over the life of the contract.

The new agreement also sees an overall increase from 2.5% to 4% in workers’ Defined Contribution Pension Plan with the employer matching contributions and gains in paramedical and vision care amounts, as well an increased safety boot equipment allowance.

“Members witnessed an undercutting of their work through increased hiring of temporary staff in recent years, but the bargaining committee made job ownership a priority,” said Local 1015 President Paul Farrell.

“We managed to address this concern by limiting the percentage of temporary staff allowed in the workplace and by requiring that union dues are paid on their behalf by the company, even though they are not union members. Members are thrilled, and these changes will make their jobs better.”

Unifor 1015’s 30 members in this unit are primarily laundry cleaning staff.