ST. CATHARINES, ON, Oct. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW Local 4401 members have
ratified their first collective agreement with Algoma Great Lakes
Shipping Inc. after voting 85% in favour of the contract. This first
agreement closes the loop on the sale of the Upper Lakes Shipping Fleet
to Algoma Central Corporation in 2011.
Ratification was conducted by secret ballot mail-in vote following
membership information meetings held on board Algoma's CAW represented
vessels. The CAW Local 4401 Executive Committee unanimously recommended
acceptance of the new agreement.
The four-year contract provides wage increases of 3% retroactive to
April 1, 2011 and 2% retroactive to April 1, 2012 and minimum wage
increases of 1.5% in each of the last two years of the contract.
Consumer Price Index based cost of living wage protection for the 2013
and 2014 wage increases will also apply should annual average inflation
rates exceed 1.5%. Employer paid comprehensive health benefits and an
updated defined contribution pension plan were also maintained.
"This new contract also contains commitments by Algoma to begin renewing
our aging fleet," said CAW Local 4401 President Jim MacDougall. "Job
security was an important bargaining goal for our members in these
negotiations and everyone was pleased that the company agreed to add
three new vessels to the CAW represented side of operations."
CAW Local 4401 operates a Union Hiring Hall in St. Catharines, Ontario
(905-227-7717) and represents over 400 members sailing on the Great
Lakes for Algoma Great Lakes Shipping Inc. and other marine industry
employers. Seafarers can contact the Union Hiring Hall regarding
employment opportunities and other marine industry work related
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
contact CAW National Representative Mike Menicanin at 905-704-8226, Jim MacDougall, President CAW Local 4401 at 905-227-7717 or CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine at 416-302-1699.