TWU-USW, Shaw Cable ratify collective agreement

First agreement for TWU following merge with Steelworkers

The Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers Local 1944 recently ratified a new collective agreement with Shaw Cable.

Unit 60 of TWU-USW Local 1944 represents more than 500 members across the Lower Mainland in B.C. This agreement follows the first round of bargaining for the TWU members after merging with the Steelworkers.

The deal was reached following six months of bargaining and will take effect retroactively from March 24, 2015.

The new contract includes annual salary increases of 1.75 per cent. The deal also includes 100 per cent paid sick days and increases to both long-term and short-term disability insurance.

Additionally, the agreement included security around scheduling for technical field representatives as well as a new third-party internet account code and portal code.

“I am proud of our bargaining committee members who worked extremely hard and were committed to a respectful and transparent process,” said Tamara Marshall, local union representative for Unit 60.

“They were effective in achieving a collective agreement that benefits the members and is reflective of their priorities.”

The union’s Shaw Vancouver members voted 77.6 per cent and the Shaw Surrey members voted 76.7 per cent in favour of ratifying the three-year agreement.

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