Higher wages and new full-time jobs mark the improvement of a new collective agreement for Metro`s branches across Ontario, the second supermarket group to renew contracts with the food chain this year. The union, which represents 4,000 employees at De Metro grocery stores in Ontario, has entered into an interim contract agreement. The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act passed by the State Government has raised a number of obstacles in these negotiations. While the laws are positive for workers, the Union and the employer do not agree with the interpretation of their application to members on the basis of the status of the employment. No agreement could be reached despite specialized legal advice and advice requested by both parties. Earlier this week, Metro`s retail employees in Pembroke, Ontario, ratified their first collective agreement by an overwhelming majority. The 81 workers voted in November 2019 to… Other terms of the agreement were not published in Friday`s announcement. The new four-year contract follows Unifor`s standard food retail agreement earlier this year, which focuses on creating and protecting good full-time jobs. This new agreement at Metro (formerly Dominion Sav-A-Centre Stores) also covers the protection of leave and return to work, the elimination of salary levels for department heads and a new paid personal day for older part-time workers. The ratified agreement, which will be seen by MEPs by November 2021, contains the following improvements. The new four-year contract expires on July 16, 2023. The new collective agreement provides for significant wage improvements for full-time and part-time workers, the elimination of wage brackets, the creation of new classifications in high-paying departments, stricter leave and transfer provisions, new full-time employment opportunities and the first time creating a paid personal day for older part-time workers, including benefits.
TORONTO, July 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Metro food store employees have ratified a new collective agreement that generates significant increases, including wage increases and 45 additional full-time jobs. UFCW Local 1000a, representing 13,600 workers in 69 Loblaw own stores under banners such as Great Food and Superstore ratifies a revised contract on Wednesday. UFCW Locals 175 and 633 ratified their agreement on Thursday that allowed 1,600 members to return to their workplaces after a previous vote rejected the original offer.