Unifor Local 222 members ratify new collective agreement with Android Industries

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Unifor Local 222 members at Android Industries LLC voted 93% in favour of a new three-year collective agreement that delivers significant wage increases and benefit and pension improvements for auto parts workers at the Oshawa facility.

“This agreement is a substantial step forward for Unifor auto parts workers at Android that makes significant economic gains and workplace improvements as well as introducing key equity programs for our members,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “I am proud of what our members have achieved and our negotiating team for demonstrating the power and importance of collective bargaining for auto parts workers at a time of significant change in the industry."

Among the key provisions of the newly ratified agreement are wage increases of approximately 28% over the life of the agreement as well as a $1,500 productivity and quality bonus, as well as strengthened job posting and union security language. In addition, the agreement includes language addressing preferential hiring in the auto parts sector and shift exchange policies.

"Our bargaining committee worked tirelessly and showed incredible leadership throughout the negotiations,” said Unifor Local 222 Android Plant Chairperson Larry Herrington. “This agreement prioritizes the well-being and livelihoods of our members and sets higher standards and protections for auto parts workers within the industry.”

Bereavement leave was also improved with grandparent and grandchild moved from three days paid leave to five days paid leave. Vision care coverage was enhanced to $375 annually, paramedical coverage was increased to $650, dental care was increased to $2,400 annual coverage, and orthodontics to $2,600. The boot allowance also received an increase to $150 and vacation language was expanded to include Family Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as paid holidays where the latter falls on a weekday, and members will receive an additional day of paid personal emergency leave with all unused days being paid out at the end of the year. 

Shift premiums were also increased to $0.75 per hour for afternoons, $1 per hour for midnights.

The union’s Racial Justice Advocate program will also be implemented, aimed at support for Black, Indigenous, and racialized union members. This initiative underscores Unifor's commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable workplaces.

The union and the company also agreed to transition members to the College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) DB+ pension plan with mandatory 4% employer matching contributions based on gross income, improving retirement security for union members.

The new collective agreement expires January 31, 2027.