Feeling ran high amongst the Auto Technicians during bargaining. As the Techs are on a flat rate pay system and work has been slow this year, many weeks they have been bumping along on the 28 hour/week guarantee. The techs have a strong desire to raise the guarantee significantly to equal our dealership contracts which typically have a 36 hour guarantee.
During negotiations the Union was informed a new owner will be taking over in January. The Members saw the wisdom of keeping their powder dry for next year’s negotiations as we have no idea of the attitude of the new owner towards our Union.
Bearing this in mind, the membership accepted the one year agreeement which gives Service Writers a 10% increase, General Service workers (installers) a 2.5% increase and the Techs a 5% wage increase. The Tech guarantee was increased to 30 hours per week, a 12% increase in the minimum pay.