The existing collective agreement expired on July 1, 2021. By ratifying this agreement, the Union will ask the Ontario Labour Relations Council (OLRB) to authorize the opening and early implementation of the negotiated agreement. RCSS/CCR Part-time workers hired prior to June 12, 1994 receive a total increase of $2.10 per hour during the duration of the agreement. Part-time workers of the CCR, who maintain their economy, will receive a wage increase of $1.45 per hour during the term of the contract. This implies that these early discussions have enabled the Union to achieve millions of improvements beyond what is envisaged in the existing agreement. In addition, the Union has secured further improvements for members, which will expire during the three-year extension period. The new agreement expires on July 1, 2024. Following ratification, the EU has secured a personal employment guarantee for all full-time workers on the wage list. Thus, in addition to the 1491 who are protected by previous agreements, another 339 full-time workers will be protected.
In total, this agreement extends employment protection to a total of 1830 full-time workers. Members of the stores concerned voted at meetings held between February 23 and February 27, 2020. The ratified agreement will bring substantial improvements to the more than 11,100 members in 63 agencies operating under the GFS and RCSS banners. “There have been several meetings between 1006A management and high-level company employees and difficult negotiations on many issues, including the minimum wage,” Hanley said. “We came out of the table more than once. We have worked and reached an agreement that would see a positive determination for arbitration and positive gains that will make a difference to our membership. 1006A Executive Officers and the elected vice-presidents of retail 1006A recommended that the membership vote in favour of accepting the offer. Part-time workers can now opt for cross-training in their company. It is purely voluntary and those who participate will benefit from cross-training based on seniority. This provision gives employees the opportunity to earn more hours and acquire skills in other departments for future full-time jobs.
RCSS/CCR Part-time workers hired after July 9, 2015 will move to a new pay grid. This grid has important improvements for members. Overall, there are substantial improvements in the full-time wage system. For example, the 12-month clerical rate increased from $15 per hour to $19 per hour. This equates to an extra $160 per week for full-time employees who have reached the 12-month rate. Finally, from the day of ratification, full-time workers can now choose to register on a voluntary basis in more than one department. These positions are offered by the employer to members who register. This provision allows employees to expand their skills and successfully qualify in the future for various vacancy notices.
The union fought at the negotiating table for these amendments. . The employer will also work to make its systems and procedures possible so that part-time workers can benefit from overtime by hiring them in two companies.