LETHBRIDGE—Wage increases and a signing bonus are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified August 2, 2022 by Unifor members working at Arconic.
“This was a difficult round of bargaining and the committee should be proud of what they accomplished in this collective agreement,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.
The four-year agreement protects the defined-benefit pension plan and secures wage increases of 7% over the term of the contract. Other gains include increases to the shift differential, safety footwear allowance, and new rates for lead hands.
“Local 99 members showed great commitment to fairness in the face of attacks on their pension plan,” said Justin Araki, Local 99 president. “This agreement would not have been possible without the solidarity of the membership and the support of expert staff from Unifor.”
Local 99 represents more than 200 workers at Arconic who form, assemble, paint, package, and ship aluminum-framed windows and doors.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.