Dearborn Ford in Kamloops, Unifor ratify contract

Unifor 10-B members working at Dearborn Ford in Kamloops have voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement that includes wage increases and a pension enhancement.

After a turbulent start to bargaining that included a bad faith bargaining complaint from Unifor, the 43 members of 10-B ratified a new collective agreement that includes a 2.5 per cent wage increase per year, improved overtime provisions, stronger sick leave languages, work retention gains and a 0.25 per cent pension increase.

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“I’m very proud of what we accomplished and overcame during this round of bargaining,” said Rene Pellerin, president of Unifor Local 10-B. “Solidarity with their bargaining committee made a difference at the negotiating table.

“Unifor Local 10-B has had a good working relationship with Dearborn Ford and we hope to build on that relationship going forward.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy, including employees in the newsroom, front office and delivery areas of Kamloops This Week.

In August, alleged interference of a strike vote led Unifor to file a grievance with the BC Labour Relations Board.

Unifor claimed that on Aug. 1, managers deliberately attempted to taint the vote by pulling employees aside individually and laid out aspects of their offer while omitting concessions in the proposal.

Dearborn declined to comment when contacted by KTW.

Barriere workers join CUPE

Workers at the District of Barriere have voted to become members of CUPE.

The 12 municipal workers include outside and inside workers who maintain the district’s wastewater, parks, roads and provide administrative services for residents.

The vote was held on Oct. 3.

CUPE 900 now represents 940 municipal members in various communities, including Kamloops.

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