CAW/TCA Members Overwhelmingly Approve St. Lawrence Seaway Contracts

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - CAW/TCA members in Ontario and Quebec
who work at St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation in supervisory,
operations, maintenance and headquarters jobs have approved three new
collective agreements with their employer by 81 per cent overall.
    The three year contracts provide wage increases of 3 per cent April 1,
2008, 3 per cent, April 1 2009, and 3.25 per cent April 1, 2010.
    In addition, breakthrough cost of living allowance (COLA) protection was
negotiated, which provides additional wage increases should average annual
inflation for periods ending October 2008 and 2009 exceed negotiated wage
increases for April 2009 and 2010. This form of wage protection is an
important gain for this group of federal transportation workers who were
without such protection for many years.
    In addition to wages, other improvements include; one new paid holiday
each February, up to 10 new paid days off each winter (for certain Trades and
Traffic Control shift work employees), increased shift premiums and
improvements when evaluating pay levels for workers (including professionals)
in the supervisory group.
    New provisions recognizing the Corporation's efforts to introduce new
technologies and work practices were also negotiated, which also protect
current workers, by ensuring that workforce reductions through the
introduction of new technologies would be by attrition.
    Members of the CAW-TCA bargaining committees involved in the negotiations
were pleased with the strong support for the new contracts as demonstrated by
the high vote of approval. CAW - TCA Locals 4211, 4212, 4319, 4320 and 4324
represent 475 St. Lawrence Seaway workers in Ontario and Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Menicanin, CAW-TCA national staff
representative at (905) 704-8226

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