TORONTO, July 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Congratulations to CEP members employed at
SC 360 Markham who strongly endorsed their first collective agreement
on Thursday July 5, 2012.
The two year collective agreement will come into effect on July 8, 2012
and run until July 7, 2014.
Negotiations had been ongoing since the bargaining unit was certified by
the Canada Industrial Relations Board in December 2010.
Ratification votes were conducted in Barrie and Markham and were well
Highlights of the settlements included an immediate two percent increase
in piece rate codes and a new daily minimum program implemented
immediately with a 2 percent increase on July 8, 2013.
In addition, employees will benefit from increased job security due to
contract language covering seniority, job posting provisions, layoff
and recall rights, limitations on contracting out, just cause
protection and a grievance procedure to challenge unfair policies or
The collective agreement also defines and protects union members' health
benefits and an RRSP Retirement Plan
A long-standing and contentious Performance Program which included $40
charge-backs for non-compliant piece-work was reduced to $25 with no
charge-backs issued until after a review process has been completed in
the event an employee wishes to dispute the decision.
SC 360 Markham is the first of six newly organized bargaining units for
Cable Technicians performing work under contract to Rogers
Communications to amicably conclude a collective agreement. The union
is looking forward to establishing a constructive and harmonious
relationship with the Company.
Five other bargaining units remain without a first collective agreement.
Two of the five have taken strike action to press their demands for a
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
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