Three Days from start to finish – new record for Machinists

Tuesday March 10, 2009
For Immediate Release

Windsor, ON – The newest members of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 didn’t waste any time joining the Machinists or obtaining their first collective agreement.
“When you organize a group of workers and ratify their first collective agreement in only three days, it has to be some sort of record,” explained a very proud IAMAW District 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. The management of Turbo-Gen, an industrial sub-contractor, approached the IAMAW about organizing their workforce. “Their management felt that if they were to continue to bid on jobs in unionized workplaces, it was in the best interest of their employees that they become members of a union. Based on our past relationship with Turbo-Gen, they came to us.”
The three-year agreement provides for wage increases of $1.00/hour in each year. The wages range from $60.00/hour for Technician-Field Advisor to $44/hour for Millwrights and $25.00/hour for student labourer. Other agreement highlights include :
• RRSP contribution of $2,000.00/year paid by employer
• Travel per Diem of $55.00/day
The 20 members install and maintain industrial pumps and turbines in a variety of industries across Ontario.