Westrock Guelph packaging company members sign new agreement

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Members of the Unifor Local 1917 bargaining committee at Westrock.

Members at Westrock Guelph packaging company signed a new four-year agreement with 11.25% total wage increases and their first Women’s Advocate and Racial Justice Advocate.

“My congratulations to the members at Westrock Guelph on their new agreement,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Local 1917 has done a great job with this round of bargaining, getting improvements to wages and benefits and negotiating Women's and Racial Justice Advocates. They should be very proud of their work to build a more inclusive workplace.”

In addition to wage increases, the agreement includes:

  • Increase to training premium
  • Lead hand rate increase
  • A new shift premium
  • An increased number of Health and Safety Representatives and Stewards plus added training

“We’re proud of what our bargaining committee was able to achieve this round,” said Jerry Escott, President of Unifor Local 1917. “With improved wages and benefits, we think this positions our members well and gives added supports in the workplace to ensure their safety and well-being.” 

The agreement covers 115 members of Local 1917 at the Guelph, Ontario facility.