Flex-N-Gate workers sign new agreement
Unifor puts off unionization vote
Employees of the Howard Avenue Flex n Gate facility have voted 76 per cent in favour of a three-year deal.
The deal includes a $1 raise for production workers, $1.90 for skilled trades and assemblers move up one step on the grid and get a raise between 0.50 & 0.65 cents.
Unifor Local 195 President John Toth says the deal also includes a $1,500 signing bonus plus some improvements to benefits and pension.
"Regular production workers will get a 0.50 cent increase immediately and another 0.25 cents in the second and third year for a total of a dollar increase," says Toth. "Skilled trades workers will get a similar increase but with an extra 0.90 cents so they'll have a $1.90 raise over the three years."
He says the raise for production and skilled trades is between $1.00 and $1.90 but will be different for assemblers.
"There is a classification of workers in assembly that are working on a grid, that's where they start at a certain wage, work their way up," Toth says.
He says the workers have a chance to split up their signing bonus.
"If they want to make it a Christmas bonus or they have the option of rolling it into an RSP so they're not hit with the tax implications," Toth added.
The deal comes a week after workers rejected a tentative deal by 77 per cent.
The 580 workers make auto parts for Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
-With files from AM800’s Rob Hindi