New Pension Plan at Convention Centre in Halifax

December 2, 2010, 12:00 AM EST


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After a tough round of contract talks CAW Local 4000 members at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia have approved a new three-year agreement that establishes a new pension program, benefits and greater job security.

The CAW currently represents 30 members who are employed as food and beverage and kitchen staff. Workers demanded a fair agreement which would bring them in line with the benefit package offered to management staff.

New benefits include a pension program, pregnancy leave top up of 93%, increased vacation from three to six weeks, six paid sick days and company supplied uniforms. 

"We would not have had this success without the support of the membership, who came to meetings to voice concerns and show support for their bargaining committee," said CAW national representative Chad Johnston. "They should be commended for their patience and determination to improve working conditions. It was great to see so many smiling faces at the ratification meeting from senior employees who were determined to have a pension after many years of service."

Bargaining committee representative Matt Pollard said the membership is pleased to have worked out a deal that positively changes the course of the future for employees at the Trade Centre Limited.

"There is a renewed optimism in the workplace because workers and their families will have greater security in future," said Pollard. 

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