Cavendish Farms Potatoes

Lethbridge, Alta. (169 production, maintenance employees) and the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union (UFCW), Local 401

Click here to view the original collective agreement.
Renewal agreement: Effective March 1, 2017, to Feb. 28, 2021. Signed on March 1, 2017.
Wage adjustments: 
Effective March 1, 2017: 2%
Effective March 1, 2018: 2%
Effective March 1, 2019: 2%
Effective March 1, 2020: 2.5%
Shift premium: $0.15 per hour for all straight-time hours worked for employees actively on payroll at end of each quarter. Time and one-half for 4 hours for employee required to carry pager. $0.60 per hour for employees working on shifts beginning between 3 p.m. and 8 a.m. Time and one-half for all work on Sunday. $0.75 per hour for 12-hour employees for all hours worked between 7 p.m. on day shift starts and 7 a.m. on next day. 
Paid holidays: 11 days. 
Vacations with pay: 1 to 10 days per year (depending on month beginning service) to start, 10 days after 2 years, 2 weeks after 3 years, 3 weeks after 6 years, 4 weeks after 11 years, 5 weeks after 21 years. 
Overtime: Time and one-half for all work outside of normal scheduled hours for 8-hour employees. Time and one-half for all work after 12 hours per day or 80 hours per 2-week cycle for 12-hour employees. 
Medical benefits: $350 per year in lieu of Alberta health-care premium.
Dental: Employer pays 100% of premiums for 100% reimbursement of expenses for basic, restorative work, maximum $1,750 per year to each employee or dependant.
Vision: $220 every 2 years (previously $200 every 2 years). $80 every 2 years for eye exams.
Paramedical: $220 per year (previously $200 per year) for massage. $220 per year (previously $200 per year) for chiropractor.
Sick leave: Employees will be enrolled in sick-pay plan as condition of employment: 4 weeks after 6 months’ seniority: 16 weeks after 18 months’ seniority; 26 weeks after 5 years’ seniority; 34 weeks after 7 years’ seniority; 52 weeks after 10 years’ seniority.
Life insurance: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of $30,000.
Bereavement leave: 24 paid hours for death of wife, husband, common-law spouse, same-sex partner, daughter, son, mother, father, sister, brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandmother, grandfather, spouse’s grandmother, spouse’s grandfather, stepchildren, stepparents, legal guardians, grandchildren.
Seniority – recall rights: Time equivalent to one-half length of seniority, after 90 days of service; time equivalent to length of seniority but not more than 2 years, after 1 year of service.
Call-in pay: Minimum 4 hours’ pay at regular rate.
Probationary period: 720 hours of work. 
Severance: Employer will provide separation allowance, if plant is permanently closed: $370 after 1 year of service; $490 after 2 years of service; $635 after 3 years of service; $800 after 4 years of service; $1,000 after 5 years of service; $1,200 after 6 years of service; $1,410 after 7 years of service; $1,625 after 8 years of service; $1,840 after 9 years of service; $2,060 after 10 years of service.
Safety shoes: $170 reimbursement (previously $165) for CSA-approved safety footwear, maximum 2 pairs per year. Employer will provide rubber boots to employees who require them.
Uniforms/clothing: Employer will provide to employees all WHMIS/HACCP required personal protective equipment, such as wetsuits. $16 reimbursement for employees who purchase quilted vest or liner through company for use on job, once every 3 years.
Tool allowance: $100 per year per employee for maintenance mechanics, packaging, fryer operators for required tools broken on job and worn out. Unused portion, maximum $100, may be carried over into following year. 
Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after increase):
Batter/utility operator: $16.25 rising 5 steps to $17.68
Blender operator: $14.45 rising 5 steps to min. + $0.75
Case opener: $12.20 rising 5 steps to min. + $0.75
Flume person: $14.45 rising 5 steps to min. + $0.75
Grader room operator: $16.25 rising 5 steps to $17.68
Janitor: $14.98 rising 5 steps to $16.29 
Mainline-fryer operator: $18.29 rising 5 steps to $19.89
Packaging operator: $17.16 rising 5 steps to $18.67 
Process operator: $18.29 rising 5 steps to $19.89 
Receiver/grader: $16.72 rising 5 steps to $18.19
Receiver/yardperson: $16.96 rising 5 steps to $18.45 
Sewage operator: $18.29 rising 5 steps to $19.89
Trimming and packaging: $12.20 rising 5 steps to min. + $0.75 
Tray-pack quality control: $14.76 rising 5 steps to min. + $0.75 
Sr. trimming and packaging: $20.26 rising 5 steps to $22.04
Electrician A: $34.20 rising 5 steps to $37.20
Maintenance A: $33.87 rising 5 steps to $36.84
Painter B: $24.84 rising 5 steps to $27.02
Shift mechanic A: $33.87 rising 5 steps to $36.84
Christmas bonus: $350
 

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