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TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - After nine weeks on strike, members of
Unifor Local 252 at Emerald Energy from Waste in Brampton, Ont., have
ratified a new collective agreement that not only maintains their
pension and wages, but secures the future of the facility.
"These workers held strong in the face of concessionary demands. It is a
testament to their solidarity that they come out of these talks with a
good contract that preserves their pension," said David Moffat, Unifor
Assistant to the President.
The new collective agreement gives the workers a lump-sum payment in
each year of the four-year deal, plus a cost of living allowance in the
fourth year. The company has also agreed to make a major capital
investment in the plant.
"This contract secures the long-term employment for our members," Unifor
national representative Barry Lines said.
The pension plan at the plant is preserved under the new contract.
Demands for concessions came from the plant's new owners, U-Pak
Disposals. The workers began their strike July 3.
As well, Emerald committed to training for existing workers on any
technological changes made at the plant, while improving posting
procedures for new jobs and vacation improvements.
The members of Local 252 were joined on the picket line by several
Unifor activists from other locals, including at a rally in July
outside U-Pak head offices, as a show of support. Several locals also
donated money to the strikers.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union merged.