Canada Members Welcome First Agreements

Members of Local 714 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, were all smiles following the recent ratification of their first collective agreement with Wasaya Airways.

“The membership endorsed their new agreement by 100 percent,” said District 140 General Chairperson and Organizer Ian Morland. “For some of the members, it means an increase of four dollars an hour. Yes, you could say they’re extremely happy with this agreement.”

The two-year accord provides for an average wage increase of ten percent over the life of the agreement with benefits now to be paid entirely by the employer.

The 16 members, who joined the IAM in April 2009, include Passenger Service Agents, Cargo Agents, Station Attendants and Ground Equipment Maintenance personnel.

Members of Local 2332 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, are also celebrating a new collective bargaining agreement with Maitland Motors that includes a new dental plan.

“There are many improvements in this agreement but the new dental plan tops the list,” said Directing Business Representative Rob Thompson.

The three-year agreement provides for wage increases of one percent in the first year, two percent in the second year and three percent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include: a new dental plan implemented in first year of agreement; improved pension contributions; improved probationary language and improved bereavement leave.

The 12 IAM members at Maitland Motors include mechanics, paint shop and body men, parts department personnel, clerical and general helpers. The IAM represents workers at five dealerships in Sault Ste. Marie.