CAW Members Ratify Agreement at Metro Warehouse
April 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EST
CAW Local 414 members working at the Metro food distribution warehouse in Etobicoke, Ontario ratified a new collective agreement on March 27, voting 58 per cent in favour of the deal.
The new contract includes wage increases, pension improvements and a temporary pension benefit bridge for members seeking early retirement. An integral part of the agreement was securing a financial commitment by the company to direct up to $20 million in new investment to upgrade the facility over the life of the contract, creating new jobs.
The new investment dollars will go a long way in securing the future of the distribution centre, which supplies Metro supermarkets across Southern Ontario, said CAW national representative Doug Orr.
"This investment will expand the capacity of the facility and create new work for our members," Orr said. Work that had previously been outsourced from the facility is slated to return once the upgrading process is complete in 2012.
Tony Falcone, CAW/Metro Bargaining Committee Chairperson, commended the membership for their ongoing support of the union's negotiating team during several difficult bargaining sessions since November 2009.
"I am extremely proud of what we were able to achieve on behalf of our membership in this agreement," Falcone said.
CAW Local 414 represents nearly 900 production workers at the distribution centre.