Brinks Workers Ink Four-Year Deal

August 15, 2013, 4:20 PM EST

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Brinks workers across Ontario have ratified a new four-year deal that includes wage and benefit increases, improvements to job posting rules and vacation entitlements, among other gains.

"I want to extend my congratulations to the CAW master bargaining committee at Brinks for negotiating a strong, forward-looking collective agreement," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "This is our second time negotiating for Brinks workers in Ontario and there's a clear sense we're gaining momentum and building on past successes."

Workers, in all job classifications, will receive an hourly wage increase of $1.50 over the life of the agreement, in addition to lump sum payments. The CAW also negotiated an extra week of vacation time for workers after 17 years of service, reimbursement to workers for driver's license upgrades, and mandatory employer-provided training when filling job postings, among a host of other improvements.

The company also agreed to meet with the union and engage in "meaningful discussion" on ways to lessen the impact of any future contracting out of work.

CAW National Representative Mike Armstrong said he is pleased with the outcome of the negotiations, despite this being a challenging set of talks.

"The employer came to the table with clear intentions to force concessions on our members, which made for some tense conversations," Armstrong said. "In the end, our committee held firm and bargained a deal that was fair."

The settlement was reached on July 26 after 3 months of negotiations and ratification votes were held in locations throughout Ontario from August 9 to 11. CAW members voted 61 per cent in favour of the new deal.

The new agreement at Brinks is the first major settlement for the CAW in the armoured car sector since the union launched its campaign titled Armed and Safe. The campaign calls on federal lawmakers to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for the armoured car sector that enhances safety and prevents crime by establishing minimum standards in employee training, vehicle specifications, crew compliments and safety equipment requirements.

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