Wage increases, improved layoff protections part of new Euramax deal with Unifor members

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Unifor members at Local 542 have unanimously voted in favour of a new three-year agreement with their manufacturing employer, Euramax, in Barrie, Ont.

“Congratulations to the bargaining committee for negotiating a strong contract that our manufacturing members could easily get behind,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “These are wins that should be celebrated.”

Euramax Canada manufactures aluminum eavestroughs, steel, vinyl and copper products, including roof drainage systems.

In the new contract, the 26 members of the unit – who work as operators and shippers – will receive a 3% wage increase every year of the agreement, improved layoff protections, increased vacation bank time and improved bereavement.

The company will also pay 3% gross earnings to RRSP, increased vision care and safety glass allowance and a bump up in tool allowances.

There is also mental health language and a new position created for a Racial Justice Advocate.

“We’re happy with this deal,” said George Cousins, the chairperson on the bargaining committee. “We made significant gains, despite facing some challenges from the company on the wages. But we persisted and got a deal that satisfied the needs of our members.” 

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