Workers under the agreement will see wage increases “almost double the cost of living,” an additional $500,000 for job reclassifications, improvements to the health and social benefits plan, and a new system that allows workers to exceed overtime for days off, according to the union. The president of the union says that the final agreement is well linked to the priorities of the workers. Workers did not appreciate the new bi-school wage plan of the agreement, Traeger said. Maple Leaf Foods hoped to reorient the plant to a two-day wage period to standardize payroll beyond its businesses. At the June 16-17 meetings, members of two Cappola Foods sites owned by Maple Leaf ratified their FIRST collective agreement…. The producer group “was pleased that Manitoba`s largest processor was able to reach an agreement with its employees and there is no interruption to hog processing in the province,” said General Manager Andrew Dickson. Maple Leaf Foods production workers in Brandon are celebrating after an 11-hour collective agreement with their employer. This is the second attempt at a contract after another tentative agreement failed to impress workers at the end of 2019. The union reached an agreement with Maple Leaf Foods on November 19. Workers voted against the agreement at 65% on 2 December, although the expiration date is set.
The agreement of this meeting was more acceptable to the workers. MEPs voted 89% in favour of the 12 January agreement and the treaty was ratified the following day. The agreement also confirms $1.4 million in pensions to supplement payments under a plan that the union amended in 2010. “We are pleased to announce that a five-year contract at our Brandon plant has been successfully ratified,” said a Maple Leaf Foods representative. “We believe the agreement will continue to bring stability to our plants and our employees.” The agreement marks the end of a tense seven-month period. The Brandon Kill and Cut plant can process up to 90,000 pigs a week at full capacity, according to the company. “The employer comments that the best guarantee for work is a successful business that they can work for, and fortunately they did,” he said.