Unifor Local 31-X and town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands ratify historic contract

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Four members of Unifor Local 31-X bargaining committee holding a large red Unifor banner. From left to right, a man in a baseball cap and hoodie, another in a blue t-shirt, a woman in a white blouse, and a man in a hi-vis vest and cap.

Unifor Local 31-X has ratified a transformative four-year contract with the town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands. 

"We are amazed and excited for this new agreement,” said Connie Still, Unit Chair of Unifor Local 31-X. “Members and their families have been struggling to make ends meet and the economics negotiated in this contract will certainly bring some relief. I am proud of our team and to be represented by Unifor."

The agreement brings substantial economic improvements and enhanced benefits, setting a new standard for employment agreements in small, remote communities. It includes a 28% wage increase over the term for the lowest paid classification, with a $4 hourly raise in the first year and 4% annual increases thereafter. 

"This agreement clearly shows the power of collective bargaining and what we can achieve together in solidarity,” said Ryan Savicky, President of Unifor Local 31-X. “By sticking together and standing up for our members' worth, we have some of the best paying jobs on the island now. We are very proud of the bargaining committee and our national union for their unwavering support."

The agreement also includes a first-ever $1,500 signing bonus, along with significant enhancements to health benefits such as dental and vision care. Members will also benefit from increased allowances for personal expenses, shift premiums, standby pay, and meals, along with a new paid floater day and substantial improvements in procedural language and the grievance process.

Unifor Local 31-X represents both the town’s inside and outside workers. 

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