Wednesday September 13, 2017
For Immediate release
Victoria, BC – The threat of strike action by members of IAM Local Lodge 456 led to a last minute agreement with Three Point Motors in Victoria and Nanaimo, BC.
“The company was not willing to pay retroactive wages for this agreement and that was made clear in its last offer,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative John Humphrey. “This refusal galvanized our membership and they voted to strike. Once we gave notice to the company, it agreed to pay the retroactive pay and avoided a strike. The agreement was ratified by a 96 per cent margin. I’m very proud of the solidarity shown by the membership.”
The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in each year. Other agreement high lights include:
- Boot allowance increased to $150 per year
- New language provides tool allowance of $100 per year
- New language allows for online training at home with all hours paid at straight time upon approval from management
- Letter of Understanding for a 4 day ten hour shift on voluntary basis
- New language for participation in Special Events in which technicians will get paid for all hours at straight time for voluntary Public Relations work at race track
“Three Point Motors built the Vancouver Island Premier Motorsport Circuit last year,” explained Humphrey. “Our technicians are in attendance at motorsport events conversing with clients and this new language is recognition of their participation.
The 60 members work at locations in Victoria and Nanaimo. The IAM represents automotive workers at dealerships on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland of British Columbia, Alberta, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Sault Ste. Marie, Markham and Toronto in Ontario, as well as New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
For further information:
John Humphrey – IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative
Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 Ext #31/416-735-9765