The University of Toronto and United Steelworkers 1998 reached an interim agreement on a collective renewal agreement on November 2. The ETC unit represents about 3,000… There is a great contrast between a for-profit company like Aramark and employees at the University of Toronto. When, after the end of its contract with Aramark, the university “stopped” food services on the St. George campus, they became employed by UofT and were covered by the collective agreement of CUPE Local 3261. Their salaries and benefits have increased dramatically. For example, a full-time cashier was paid $12 an hour at Aramark, but rose to $19.69 when he was employed directly by UofT. In terms of the way forward, we look forward to working closely with our working partners at UofT, united Steelworkers (ETC) Local 1998 and the UofT Faculty Association (UTFA). At this point, we want, etc., and their president, Colleen Burke, to the UFA and its president, Cynthia Messenger, to thank them for their support, without which we would not have been able to organize our votes so quickly.
Thanks also to the working relationships of UofT who gave us time to organize and organize the votes. Finally, and not least, the two Aboriginal people would like to pay tribute to our CUPE National Commissioner, Rebecca Strung, for devoting all of February to supporting us in this process. “The negotiation process was very difficult, but our negotiating committee was stimulated by the tremendous support of our members,” Burke said. Before a preliminary agreement with the university last week, union members would have voted 94 percent in favor of a strike mandate, she noted. Colleen Burke, ETC Local 1998 President, 647-883-2678, email@example.comMarty Warren, etc. Ontario Director, 416-243-8792 Omero Landi, ETC Area Coordinator, Toronto, 416-977-7274, ext. 224, firstname.lastname@example.orgBob Gallagher, ETC Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com The collective agreement provides for a 2.5% pay increase this year, followed by a 2% increase each in the next two years. This year`s wage increase implies a wage adjustment of 0.7% retroactive to July 1 to compensate for an increase in employee pension contributions. Collective agreements set out the terms and conditions of employment of unionized workers as well as the rights, privileges and obligations of the union, employer and workers.