Members at Island (Peter Baljet) Chevrolet Have Signed Collective Agreement

On April 17th, 2015, the Collective Agreement was signed by management and the Bargaining Committee, the final step in a year long push by Partspersons, Service Advisors and Technicians, working at Island (ex-Peter Baljet) Chevrolet in Duncan, to join the Machinists Union and negotiate a First Agreement.

Group solidarity is something every union strives for when organizing workers and negotiating their first collective agreement. The IAM has that and more with the new members at Peter Baljet Chevrolet – Buick – GMC on Vancouver Island.

“This group was solid all the way through the organizing drive but they really showed their determination during negotiations for their first collective agreement,” said IAM District 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “They turned down the first two offers and with the last issue; they wouldn’t sign until the employer dropped his demand to pay parts personnel at a lower rate than everyone else. They really looked out for one another.”

The two year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in the first year retroactive to February 15, 2015 and 2.25 per cent in the second year. Other agreement highlights include:

  • IAM Local Lodge 692 pension plan
  • Time and a half overtime paid for at home web-based training
  • The addition of Hourly Pay with Flat Rate Bonus

The 20 auto technicians, parts personnel and service advisors are members of IAM Local Lodge 456. Peter Baljet Chevrolet-Buick-GMC joins more than 25 auto dealerships represented by the IAM on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia.

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A National Program for Affordable Child Care: It’s About Time

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Who: Canadian families

What: Tom Mulcair and Canada’s New Democrats have proposed a national program to provide all Canadian parents with quality child care at a cost of no more than $15 a day.

Why:

  • Almost 70% of Canadian mothers with children under 5 are working, but there are only regulated, quality spaces for about 20% of those children.
  • Even when spaces are available, families are forced to pay $40-$60 per day or more – making the cost of good care a problem for low and middle-income families.
  • The Harper Government’s “Universal Child Care Benefit” has cost over $2 billion a year without making child care more accessible or affordable.
  • Available, affordable and high quality child care is essential to our children’s future.  It provides major economic benefits, particularly helping low and middle-income families.  It will pay for itself, in both the short and the long-run, by boosting to employment and incomes.
  • Quebec has shown that it can be done, with its $7 a day child care program.

Where: In our workplaces and our communities, telling our co-workers, our friends and neighbours why we need to elect an NDP government that will bring affordable, quality child care to all Canadians.

When:  Between now and the 2015 federal election.

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LL692 Members’ Skill at Pro Mac Manufacturing Wins Great Agreement

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Shop Steward, Nathan Lerner

Pro Mac Manufacturing in Duncan, BC, is the largest independent Machine Shop / Fabrication Shop on Vancouver Island. Our Members undertake everything from precision machining, gear cutting and major fabrication to field repairs. The Company has a large variety of equipment including bevel gear cutters, CNC machining centres, 5 axis CNC turning centres, large boring mills and a custom built heat treating machine.

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Jenna Crooks

Traditional among the highest paid on the Vancouver Island, our Members have ratified a new Collective Agreement which maintains that distinction.

Dave Lionis

Dave Lionis

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Janelle Dodge

Wages will increase by 3%, 2.5% and 2% over the next three years plus an additional $108 will deposited into every Members Retirement Saving every month and up to $140 will be added to pay cheques each month as a bonus. Considering the low inflation climate of the economy, these are significant increases.

An increase of overtime meal allowances to $20, a subsidy of custom ear plugs and clarification of the conditions of employment for Part Time employment of retired Members round out this agreement.

Brad Howe

Brad Howe

Given the solid increases in compensation contained within the new Collective Agreement, it is no surprise the deal was accepted by an 83% margin.

Pascal Roy-Boutreau gives the deal the thumbs-up.

Pascal Roy-Boutreau gives the deal the thumbs-up.

 

Candace Walmsley

Candace Walmsley

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Machinists at Alliance Engineering Ratify New Three Year Agreement

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Fabricator Mark Miller, Shop Steward and Negotiation Committee Member, cleans his work area for his next project.

Machinist Union members at Alliance Engineering in Central Saanich have ratified a new three year agreement. Due to the low inflation rate, in absolute terms, the increases seems modest but when the Consumer Price Index is factored in, the increases in real terms are acceptable. Cost of Living protection was included in the third year of the Collective Agreement as though we can be fairly confident of low inflation in the first two years our crystal ball becomes foggy as we look further into the future.alliance 4 cropped sm

All structural steel business in BC face intense completion from non-union companies out of Alberta. Companies, like Hold Fast in Nanaimo, bid jobs at a loss to secure market share. They have deep pockets and often pay their tradesmen $6 less per hour than the going rate. Unionization of these companies is a priority for the Machinists Union on Vancouver Island.alliance george cropped sm

In spite of this competition, Alliance Engineering, valuing the skills of the Members, still agreed to increases and improvements.

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Collective Agreement Highlights:

  • Three year term
  • 1.5% increase in each year with inflation protection to 2.5% in the final year
  • Overtime meal allowance increased from $13 to $20
  • Field work premium increased to $1 per hour
  • Work done for industrial customers in shop now attracts field premium
  • Loss of tools provisions updated
  • Pension option added
  • Family Day added giving 13 stat holidays
  • Seniority language clarified

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