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.