Unifor Local 914 members ratify new agreement with Clean Harbors

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70 Unifor Local 914 members sit six feet apart in gymnasium at ratification meeting

Unifor Local 914 members have voted 97% in favour of a new four-year collective agreement, ending a two-week strike at the Clean Harbors waste treatment facility in Sarnia.

“We would like to thank the membership, and the nearby locals and Unifor National staff who came to our picket line, and supported us throughout this strike to make this deal possible,” said Tom Rinker, President of Unifor 914, which represents 76 members at the plant.

The local went on strike Nov. 22, 2021 over concerns about gender equality, wages, and health and safety. The new agreement includes a 10 % increase over the life of the agreement, along with improved benefits, and stronger language for modified work, accommodation and training.

Concerns over seniority and job progression for women at the plant were resolved with the employer.

“I would like to congratulate Local 914 for taking a strong stand, and shining light on inequality, and reminding us all that when we fight together, we win,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.