Recognition of skills key to Richmond Chrysler deal

Recognition of skills key to Richmond Chrysler deal

Wednesday November 29, 2017

For Immediate Release

Richmond, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 have ratified a new collective agreement with Richmond Chrysler.

“It was the restructuring of the auto technician’s wage scale and the increased base rate for service advisors that drove this agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “The restructuring of the auto technician’s wage scale acknowledges the dedication and investment in training necessary for the various levels of Chrysler skilled service. The majority of our auto technicians are level three and the restructuring provided those qualified members with a 6.85 per cent wage increase in the first year of the agreement.

The four-year agreement provides general wage increases of 1.5 per cent the first year and 2 per cent in each of the remaining three years. Other agreement highlights include:

  • Restructuring of auto technician wage scale
  • Increased base rate for service advisors
  • Negotiated work distribution language among qualified auto technicians
  • Body Shop wage protection from ICBC fluctuations
  • Language to address surveillance in the workplace

The 31 members consists of auto technicians, service advisors, parts personnel, body shop personnel, painters and detailers.

The IAM represents more than 1,500 workers in auto dealerships on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland of British Columbia, Calgary, Edmonton, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Markham, Toronto, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

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For further information:
Walter Gerlach – IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative
604-513-3883/604-831-2611
Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 Ext#31/416-735-9765

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