VANCOUVER, May 1, 2017 /CNW/ - After months of bargaining, a four-year tentative agreement between Unifor and Loomis Express was signed late Sunday night.
"The bargaining committee has secured a deal that includes strong gains for Loomis Express workers," said Todd Romanow, Unifor National Representative. "I'm very proud of what the committee was able to achieve."
Unifor's members at Loomis Express have been bargaining since January 2017. In March, union members voted 93% in favour of a strike if the company couldn't negotiate a fair agreement by early May. Job action would have affected all Loomis customers in eight provinces and potentially TransForce (TSE:TFI), which owns Loomis in Canada.
Workers will vote on the contract during the next two weeks at separate meetings in each province.
Unifor represents 1,600 workers at Loomis Express. The membership includes hourly drivers, owner operators, call centre staff, clerical, and warehouse workers. Loomis workers are covered by a national collective agreement with associated provincial addendums. The current contract expired on March 31, 2017.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-903-6549 (cell)