by Paul Pelletreau, Business Representative for DL250
Bargaining Members at Murray Latta build everything from luggage conveyor systems at Airports to dismantling bottling plants from one location and set up in a new area. Our Local lodge 692 members were really called to exercise their millwright skills when they were requested to build Canada’s first fully automated parking lot in downtown Vancouver.
Residents of this seven story half business half residential parkade are able to pull up and open the garage door and park on a turntable. The driver gets out of their car and folds their mirrors in to let the automation begin where a computer system scans their car and places it in one of 64 stalls. Said shop steward Mike Favero, It can take anywhere from two minutes to 11 minutes for the automated system to retrieve your car load it on a turntable and bring it down to the driver. The technology learns each drivers time habits so if you go to retrieve your car at 7am Monday to Friday, about an hour before you need your car it will start moving vehicles around to bring yours near the elevator system so when you call for it, it will be 2 minutes away. The Bargaining members, known for their high quality and skill were selected for this new innovated system that is able to fit more cars per square foot than a traditional car park.
Although the recent bargaining process did not go together as smoothly at this parkade, after two rejected offers and a strike mandate the bargaining members ratified a final offer by 96 percent that included
- Defined work hours for day, afternoon and night shift
- Boot allowance is increased to $175. Per year
- Vehicle millage will increase to .52 cents per kilometer
- Banked overtime will increase to 160 hours
- Employees who qualify for short term disability will be reimbursed 50% of the 3 day waiting period 2 times per calendar year.
- The employers and employee’s pension contribution will increase by .10 cents per hour
in each year.
- Wages will increase by 3% in the first year 2% in the second year and 3% in the third year.