Employees gain wage increases, better control over working conditions
OTTAWA, July 9, 2018 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Ontario Director Marty Warren has announced that new members of the union at an Ottawa-area manufacturing plant have approved their first-ever contract that guarantees significant wage increases, benefits, seniority and improved hours of work.
"This is a great step forward for workers in an industry that is vital to public and private infrastructure projects," said Warren. "We are proud to welcome these new members and happy to have negotiated a first agreement with so many advances in wages and working conditions."
Workers at Power Precast joined USW in February and now have a collective agreement with wage increases ranging from 3% to 18%, as of April 1, with the average being a 7.3% wage increase. Workers will receive another 3% increase in the second year of a two-year contract.
The agreement guarantees benefits, a retirement plan, seniority and other rights.
Power Precast Solutions' workers manufacture custom and standard drainage components, as well as components for bridges, underground electrical products, precast products for roads and highways and products for transit infrastructure.
USW represents 225,000 men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information: Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792; David Lipton, USW Staff Representative, 613-260-7205, 613-859-8403 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
The USW is the largest private sector union in both Canada and North America with more than 225,000 members in Canada and more than 800,000 members continent-wide. The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing men and women working in every sector of the economy.