Berk’s Intertruck in Nanaimo is always bustling, keeping two shift of mechanics busy repairing trucks, trailers, buses and motorhomes. The Members have OK’d a new three year agreement which emphasised improvements to the Health and Welfare coverage.
The wage increases were modest at one percent a year over the three year term with Employer retirement saving contribution increasing to $225 a month in 2014 and $250 in 2015. mechanics holding a Class 1 drivers license receive an extra $0.50 per hour. Shift premiums increase to $1.00 per hour for afternoon shift and $1.25 on graveyards. family Day was added to the Statutory Holidays. Mileage for use of personal vehicle for Company business was increased to the Revenue Canada standard of $0.54 per kilometre. Parts Persons now receive $90 per week to carry a Company phone for after hours service.
This agreement also improved other benefits. Long term disability is introduced for the first time, an essential coverage for mechanics. Short term disability increases to the EI max + $100. Major dental work is now covered 75%. Vision care saw an overhaul. Not only do members and their dependant now receive $300 every two years towards glasses but the Members’ safety glasses will be covered under the OVP discount plan that supplies single vision glasses for a mere $150 and progressives for $275 to the tune of $200 every two years. The boot allowance increase by $50 to $150 per year.
The Agreement gives balanced improvements to a range of areas and keeps the Company competitive and the Members busy going forward.