New contract for Rose City Electric employees in Windsor, Ont.

Wage, health benefits increase for electricians who left IBEW for CLAC

Electricians employed by Rose City Electric, based in Windsor, Ont., voted unanimously to accept a settlement for a first collective agreement.

The 15 electricians and apprentices left the (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) IBEW 773 in spring in favour of representation by Construction Workers Union, CLAC Local 53, said the union.

The three-year contract provides for several improvements over the former IBEW contract, including an immediate wage increase of $2.35 per hour. In addition, the new agreement provides superior healthcare benefits, secure pension savings, fully paid training and allowances, said CLAC.

“These employees rejected how the IBEW treated them,” said Roger Grootenboer, CLAC representative. “They instead chose CLAC as their union for better representation. Now with this first contract, these members also enjoy fair compensation for their highly skilled work.”

Local 53 was certified by the Ontario Labour Relations Board on April 12, to represent the employees at Rose City Electric.

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