The union representing employees at Community Support Centre-Northwest in Dryden, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes retirement savings and benefits gains.
The agreement includes a new group registered retirement savings plan with a 100 per cent employer match when employees contribute up to four per cent to the plan. It also includes four additional paid sick days per year for both full-time and part-time employees, as well as a new employer-paid benefits package with dental, drug, vision, paramedical, life insurance and extended health coverage.
All employees will see a $3 general wage increase in 2023, a two per cent wage increase on Aug. 1, 2024 and a 2.25 per cent wage increase on Aug. 1, 2025.
In other news, the union representing more than 250 employees at Toronto-based Active Dynamics has also ratified an agreement that includes benefits gains.
For the drug plan, the new agreement eliminates the dispensing fee at Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. pharmacies and the employer will cover 80 per cent of the dispensing fee elsewhere. In addition, all employees will see a $5 hourly wage increase over the term and will also receive three new sick days.
“This collective agreement is testament of grit, hard work, solidarity and commitment on the picket line,” said Burke Moffat, Local 591-G president, in a press release. “The solidarity our members showed sent a clear message to Active Dynamics that they are committed and willing to fight for what is just. That resolve meant we were able to negotiate a wage increase that is one of the highest negotiated settlements I have seen across Canada this year.”