New collective agreement signed at CertainTeed in Mississauga, Ont.

Employees ‘bound and determined’ to ratify contract: Unifor

Employees at CertainTeed Canada, a building product company in Mississauga, Ont., voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement that includes wage gains and enhanced early retirement payments on Oct. 8.

The new agreement secured two per cent wage gains over three years, improved early retirement payments and upgraded language regarding scheduling of continental work weeks, says Unifor.

“We were bound and determined to get a fair deal,” says Angus MacDonald, Unifor, Local 1256 president. “Through onerous negotiations the bargaining committee showed impressive solidarity. We made important gains toward clearer language, enhanced benefits and fairness for everyone.”

A majority of workers voted in favor of the new agreement, says the union.

“This membership was solid. We had a 100 per cent strike mandate and that’s how we made these gains,” says Howard Law, media sector director.

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