New Moulding deal
Some 253 unionized employees at Moulure Alexandria Moulding have ratified a new three-year contract giving them wage increases of five per cent over three years.
The collective agreement for production and maintenance workers at three plants also provides improvements to benefits, terms and conditions of work, including health and safety, seniority rights, vacations, disability benefits and drug, dental and vision care coverage. The contract includes increases for some job classifications and for weekend shifts.
“Our union is optimistic about the future of manufacturing in Ontario and agreements like this one demonstrate collective bargaining is a key to our province's economic success,” said United Steelworkers Ontario Director Marty Warren.
Alexandria Moulding is Canada's largest manufacturer of high-quality wood and composite mouldings for the home building and renovation markets. Based in Alexandria, with additional operations in the U.S., the company serves customers across North America.
The company's employees in Alexandria were members of the Christian Labour Association of Canada but voted overwhelmingly last year to join the USW.
“This agreement recognizes the workers' contribution to the company's success and provides solid improvements that will help them and their families,” said USW negotiator David Lipton. “It provides a solid footing to keep good manufacturing jobs here in Alexandria, for the benefit of the community.”
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