New Deal with GFL

May 2, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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The CAW has ratified a new agreement with Green For Life Environmental, approving the new deal by 94 per cent. The vote took place on April 20.

The group of 120 drivers collect residential waste and recycling under contract for the city of Hamilton and commercial and industrial waste from Halton through the Niagara region, in Ontario. The company will also be adding mechanics as it moves to a new facility in the coming months.

 "I was very impressed with the integrity shown by our bargaining committee in recognizing that some classifications needed to achieve different gains in these negotiations - particularly the lowest paid," CAW Local 4268 Local President Debbie Montgomery.

There were a number of gains included in this new deal, including much improved health and safety language, overtime premiums, incentives to upgrade licences, an additional tier of vacation pay, new clothing allowance and wage increases ranging from 8-18 per cent by classification. The lowest paid classification receives a 12 per cent increase in year one of the collective agreement.

 "These are great gains for our members," said unit chairperson Paul McKee. "The investment made by the company in a natural gas-fueled fleet also makes our fleet one of the lowest emission fleets in Canada."  It is the group's second collective agreement with the CAW, after joining three years ago.

"A lot has changed for these workers; three years ago before becoming members of the CAW, they all worked for a temp agency without seniority, regular hours and benefits and we dealt with that in their first collective agreement," said CAW National Representative Len Poirier.

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