Metro Collective Agreement 2018

This difficult round of negotiations included the establishment of a mediator, a strike mandate for 97% of the members and a strike deadline until 12 May 2018 at 12:01.m. Improved wages and new full-time jobs mark significant improvements in a new collective agreement for Metro stores across Ontario, the second supermarket group that this year renewed contracts with the food chain. The ratified agreement, which members will consider by November 2021, contains the following improvements. The new four-year contract follows Unifor`s model agreement earlier this year for food retail, which is a priority for creating and protecting good, full-time jobs. This new agreement with Metro (formerly Dominion Sav-A-Centre Stores) also includes vacation and return protection, the elimination of salary steps for department heads and a new paid personal day for part-time executives. The equal pay for equal work legislation passed by the provincial government has created a number of obstacles to these negotiations. While the laws are positive for workers, the union and the employer do not agree with the interpretation that applies to members on the basis of employment status. No agreement could be reached despite expert legal advice and advice from both parties. The new agreement also includes better student leave, an expanded shoe allowance and a renewed commitment to Unifor`s Women`s Advocate program to help members and their families who are victims of domestic violence.

The new collective agreement includes more than 500 employees at four subway sites in Ontario. Members have ratified the agreement by 90%. As the law is so new, there is currently no applicable case law or regulation to solve the problem. The union`s bargaining committee wished to continue with a contractual agreement elsewhere and decided to refer the “equal pay for equal work” case to mediation/arbitration in order to find a solution to membership. The Union now has a clear way to advance members` concerns before an arbitrator, in order to get the right answers to the application of this new legislation. . . .

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