Significant wage, benefits gains made: CLAC
An overwhelming majority — 98 per cent — of employees of Lomak Bulk Carriers in Prince George, B.C. ratified a new five-year collective agreement on Sept. 12 providing them with significant gains in wages and benefits.
The new contract provides employees with a 10 per cent total increase in wages over the life of the agreement, with a $500 bonus for all employees in the second year. Employees’ RSP contributions will be moved to CLAC’s plan, with the introduction of a one percent matching pension contribution, says the union.
In addition to monetary gains, employees will see significant improvements to their benefits, with an increase to employer-paid benefits coverage. Each employee will also receive a new $300 per year healthcare spending account, with incremental increases over the life of the agreement, says CLAC.
Other gains include the introduction of a tool allowance for shop employees, an increase to the work-wear allowance, improvements to vacation scheduling language and dispatch scheduling procedures and additional coverage for medical examinations, says the union.The union has represented 156 truck drivers and shop employees since 1987. Lomak drivers haul wood fibre product all across northern B.C.