CAW/TCA Members Overwhelmingly Approve St. Lawrence Seaway Contracts

October 23, 2008, 10:35 AM EST

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CAW/TCA members in Ontario and Quebec who work at St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation in supervisory, operations, maintenance and headquarters jobs have approved three new collective agreements with their employer by 81per cent overall.

The three year contracts provide wage increases of 3 per cent April 1, 2008, 3 per cent, April 1 2009, and 3.25 per cent April 1, 2010.

In addition, breakthrough cost of living allowance (COLA) protection was negotiated, which provides additional wage increases should average annual inflation for periods ending October 2008 and 2009 exceed negotiated wage increases for April 2009 and 2010. This form of wage protection is an important gain for this group of federal transportation workers who were without such protection for many years.

In addition to wages, other improvements include; one new paid holiday each February, up to 10 new paid days off each winter (for certain Trades and Traffic Control shift work employees), increased shift premiums and improvements when evaluating pay levels for workers (including professionals) in the supervisory group.

New provisions recognizing the Corporation's efforts to introduce new technologies and work practices were also negotiated, which also protect current workers, by ensuring that workforce reductions through the introduction of new technologies would be by attrition.

Members of the CAW-TCA bargaining committees involved in the negotiations were pleased with the strong support for the new contracts as demonstrated by the high vote of approval. CAW - TCA Locals 4211, 4212, 4319, 4320 and 4324 represent 475 St. Lawrence Seaway workers in Ontario and Quebec.

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