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Bargaining Updates

MEC Workers Win Significant Wage Increases and Improved Wage Scale and Classifications

A new collective agreement for MEC workers in Vancouver and Victoria has been ratified. The contract features significant workplace improvements. UFCW 1518 negotiators and the MEC bargaining committee finished bargaining for a new collective agreement with 97.8% of workers voting in favour of ratifying.

The bargaining committee, which includes Savanh Connor, Joe Scalzo, Rene Girard and Justin McKeen, worked hard to improve their workplace to ensure their co-workers get the pay increases they need.

“I really like where I work, so I was glad to be a part of the bargaining committee where I had the opportunity to have my voice heard and improve my workplace,” Savanh explained. “Having been a political science student, I was able to practice my negotiation skills and learn more about the bargaining process.”

With Savanh and the rest of the bargaining committee negotiating hard, MEC’s new collective agreement now includes:

  • Contract wage increases for clerks between 8% and 9% over the agreement,
  • New bike mechanic wage scale and classifications with significant wage increases,
  • Improved wage scale and classifications for visual merchandiser, inventory specialist and daily stock specialist, and
  • Guarantee of full-time status positions.

UFCW 1518 is currently finalizing the new collective agreement, which will be provided to members as soon as it is completed.

Lead negotiator for the contract, Stephen Portman, is proud of the work that the bargaining committee has done. And now that bargaining is complete, Savanh is looking forward to being more involved with the union, and doing the shop steward course during the November Education Month.

If you’re interested in joining a union and fighting for better working conditions, visit ufcw1518.com/join-us to learn more.

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