This week, we presented all of our proposals for improving the collective agreement to the management side. We have proposed:
-Higher salary scales for all classifications
-Pay in lieu of benefits for part-time employees
-100% employer-paid benefits premiums for full-time employees (up from the current 75%)
-A reduction in the threshold to reach four weeks of vacation, from 10 years to five
-Top-up to Employment Insurance benefits during maternity leaves; 100% employer-paid benefits premiums for employees during maternity and parental leaves
-Mandatory employer contributions to employees’ retirement savings accounts
-A mechanism to convert part-time employees to full-time status
-A reduced probation period
-Health and safety and harassment provisions spelled out in the collective agreement
-A joint Employer-Employee committee that would meet regularly to discuss workplace issues
We also discussed scheduling provisions with a view to ensuring both full-time and part-time employees get two weeks’ notice of their schedule, have two consecutive days off, and are required to work no more than five days in a row.
Management is expected to respond to our proposals when we meet again next Monday and Tuesday. We’ll keep you up to date on the developments and are planning for a membership meeting in mid-November to get your input.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact any one of us with any questions or comments.