The Rand Formula was a tremendous breakthrough for Canadian Unions (to learn more click here). For the first time in Canada, employers were required to deduct dues from every employee in the bargaining unit and forward the funds to the Union. All the services Unions in Canada provide are anchored by the dependable flow of dues. Under the Rand Formula, membership in the Union is optional but dues are not.
The vast majority of Machinists work in Union shops where, as a condition of employment, everyone joins the Union. But a few shops still were under the Rand Formula where membership, but not dues, was optional. Business Representative, Andrew Tricker, worked hard to make the dealership all Union.West Coast Ford Lincoln was under the Rand Formula but with the ratification of a new Collective Agreement, all workers in the Bargaining Unit are now members of the Machinists.
Wage increases of 1.5%, 1.75% and 2% form the basis of the new agreement. The tool allowance has been increased to $360.00 per year by 2014. Rounding out this three year deal, grandparents and in-laws have been added to the bereavement leave.
New classifications and significant improvement to contract language highlight a new collective agreement between the members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1857 and Burrard Acura.
“Any warning, reprimand or discipline the company wishes to place on an Employee’s file must now be provided to the employee in writing within seven days of the occurrence which it documented,” explained IAMAW District Lodge 250 Business Representative Andrew Tricker. “The other adjoining language improvement is the new ‘Sunset Clause’ which says such documents must be removed from an employee’s file after 24 months provided there has not been a further infraction.”
The new four-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first year retroactive to December 14, 2010, 2 per cent in the second year, 2.5 per cent in the third year and 3 per cent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include:
New classifications of Service Receptionist and Service Administrator
Boot Allowance increased to $125.00 per year
Tool Allowance increased to $375.00 per year
Clothing Allowance for Parts Personnel and Service Writers increased to $150.00 per year
Company RRSP contributions increased by $ .10 per hour
The 20 members consist of automotive technicians, service writers, detailers, and lot staff and parts department personnel.
IAMAW Local Lodge 1857 represents workers at over 25 auto dealerships in the lower mainland of British Columbia.
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.
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.