Saint John, NB – Production, maintenance, material handlers, millwrights and machine operators at Canada’s only fire hydrant manufacturer voted to accept the new agreement which brought numerous improvements.
Pensions, wages, benefits and vacation selection were some of the main issues for the LL835 members. Increases for orthodontics, especially for braces, a shift premium increase and long-service bonuses were all negotiated.
Grand Lodge Representative Rick Arsenault negotiated the contract despite a failed memorandum and contract language issues. After surveying the members and doing some tweaking, Arsenault soothed those concerns. Special Representative Matt Barnable took over for second ratification and, with great support, the members accepted the agreement overwhelmingly.
“The Negotiating Committee, along with now-retired GLR Rick Arsenault, did excellent work towards negotiating the agreement and winning what we did,” said Barnable.
“We were able to get a great contract for the members,” said Barnable. “Listening to the members concerns and following through on them was paramount when we went back to the table. We believe the members felt heard as we addressed their concerns and ratified the deal overwhelmingly. The contract provides stability, moving forward with increases that will make a difference to our members. Brother Rick’s veteran savvy was present and it was a pleasure to be a part of these negotiations.”
Clow Canada is the sole manufacturer of fire hydrants in Canada. The 47 members produce valves and water fittings used in the manufacture of the fire hydrants. Local 835 received a charter from the IAM in 1941.
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