Unifor No Frills grocery store workers ratify new agreement

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Unifor members of Local 414 have voted to ratify a new collective agreement with No Frills grocery stores. The unit includes 1,265 workers at 19 stores across Ontario.

"We've negotiated prescription drug coverage for eligible part-time workers – this is a first for Unifor members at No Frills," said Christine Connor, President of Unifor Local 414.  "We've also secured significant wage increases over the life of the agreement for both full and part-time workers, ranging from 6 per cent to 9 per cent. Hundreds of workers who earn the minimum wage will see immediate improvements to their pay."   

Other gains in the new agreement include enhanced call-in pay provisions for part-time workers, to help guard against 'on-call' scheduling, and a 'new hire' wage scale that protects part-time workers wage increases against inflation.   

Unifor is one of the country's largest retail worker unions, with more than 20,000 members working in supermarkets, pharmacies, appliance stores, and other retail shops across Canada.

"Retail is a very challenging sector," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.  "But our members are continuing to create positive change through their activism and tenacity." 

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 Sarah Lesniewski at 416-578-4293 or sarah.lesniewski@unifor.org.


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