ANTIGONISH, NS, Aug. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Unifor members at three East Coast Credit Union (ECCU) branches in Nova Scotia voted 97 per cent to ratify a new collective agreement.
"I am so proud of the bargaining committee for their strength and solidarity to stand up for members' pension benefits that were gained over many years at the bargaining table," said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director.
Unifor Local 2107 represents 44 full and part time workers, mostly women, in Antigonish, New Glasgow and St. Andrews.
The new collective agreement maintains the Defined Benefit Pension Plan for all current employees at ECCU, and for those members not yet eligible to join the plan, while new employees will enter into a Defined Contribution Pension Plan with matching contributions.
The agreement also includes a two per cent yearly wage increase, job security language, a commitment to review certain classifications, and pay grade adjustments for one classification.
The employer has also agreed to create a women's advocate position in the workplace. Unifor has bargained women's advocates in more than 350 workplaces across Canada. These specially trained workplace representatives assist women with issues including workplace harassment, and intimate partner violence and abuse.
"Our members were able to voice their concerns about our pensions and the employer listened and I want to thank the members for their solidarity and support," said Jeanne Doiron, Unit Chair.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Director Natalie Clancy: [email protected] or (902) 478-9238 (cell)