Agropur Milk Plant Workers Win Improvements in Tough Set of Negotiations

    After months of hard bargaining, Agropur workers have ratified a new 5-year Union Contract (Collective Agreement). The new deal, which is 4 years going forward, was achieved through mediation.

    “This set of negotiations was as much about what we were trying to achieve as it was about what we were trying to hold onto,” said lead negotiator Lee Clarke.

    Despite concessionary employer proposals, which the members were able to fight off, highlights of the new Contract include: improved seniority protections, new union member orientation language, enhanced vacation language, and improvements to the grievance, arbitration, and union representation provisions.

    Monetary highlights include increased paid meal allowance, increased boot allowance, paid time off at the time of the birth of a child, massage and physiotherapy benefits, increased dental contributions, as well as improved reimbursements for medical forms.

    The wage offer represents an increase of 9.5% over the term. Many employees will see an average increase of $2.50 per hour over the term, with retroactive pay. However, depending on where some employees will move to on the scale, some may see as much as a $6.00 per hour increase over the term!

    Congratulations to both the union’s negotiating committee, and the workers at the Agropur Milk Plant. You showed your new employer that you are ready to stand together to get what’s fair for your hard work and dedication. A job well done!