Workers ratify new deal with Novelis in Kingston, Ont.

Orthodontics, paramedical, vision-care coverage increased: IAM

Members of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Local 54 ratified a new collective agreement with Novelis in Kingston, Ont., on June 6.

The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in the first and second year respectively and three per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include, increased shift-change premiums and a meal voucher provided if employee works overtime for a period of two hours or more before their regular shift begins but only if the overtime request was given with less than two hours’ notice, according to IAM.

The contract also features orthodontics coverage increased to $1,500 lifetime for each dependent child, paramedical expenses increased to $1,400 per year per family, paramedical expenses increased to $800 annually per person and vision-care coverage increased, said the union.

The 244 employees manufacture flat-rolled aluminum products for automotive, transportation and industrial applications as well as beverage can sheet for the canning industry. Novelis, formerly Alcan, is the world’s largest flat rolled aluminum sheet producer and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, said the union.

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