TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Unifor members at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre are the fifth Local 7575 unit to negotiate significant improvements this fall.
"We are making significant progress turning more precarious casual and part-time jobs into full-time jobs," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Now that Doug Ford is stripping workers of basic rights, creating secure full-time work in Ontario's hospitality industry is even more important."
Unifor says that the structure of the expired collective agreement trapped part-time workers in part-time status. After joining Unifor earlier this year, the bargaining committee resolved to make restructuring part-time work a priority. The new contract helps ensure that part-timers working at least 24 hours per week will have the opportunity to move to full-time status.
"Airport hotel workers deserve the stability and security of full-time work," said Arminda Chang, shop steward for the banquet department. "Our new Unifor contract is a giant step forward and will raise the bar for the airport strip."
Over the term of the three-year contract, wages will increase 10.6 per cent (cumulative), the largest increase in the history of the hotel. Increases and retro cheques will arrive before the holiday season.
Health benefits will be maintained and improved and the employer has agreed to major increases in pension contributions. Important workload protections for Room Attendants have also been secured.
Local 7575 was also successful at enshrining a Women's Advocate position in the collective agreement, as well as securing a mechanism for protecting workers from harassment by guests and introducing alert devices (panic buttons) for room attendants.
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.
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