Workers at the Molson plant in Montreal, affiliated with the Teamsters Union, accepted 55% of their employer’s bids on Sunday at a union meeting, ruling out the risk of a strike that hovered over the union. business.
No less than 438 of the approximately 550 employees participated in the vote.
Molson employees granted a strike warrant to their union in a proportion of 87% on February 25, after refusing the first two employer offers.
The main issues in dispute were the pension plan, group insurance, outsourcing and wages.
Under the terms of the new collective agreement, part of the subcontracting has been eliminated and wages will be increased by 5% for the duration of the four-year contract. In addition, a bonus of $ 1,000 at the signature has been added.
According to the union, which says wage compromises have had to be made, these increases are in line with the market and other brewers’ collective agreements in North America.
With respect to the pension plan, employees participate in a defined contribution plan in which the employer contributes 16.5%, which would be the highest rate of Molson plants.
Concerns still present
Although the ratification of the agreement is good news, the union pointed out that 45% of the workers who voted opposed it.
“I think that translates a perfectly legitimate uncertainty about the new plant that will be launched in three to five years. Molson must commit itself as quickly as possible to announce its colors, to know how this factory will be set up and what will be the assembly lines that will be put in place, “commented the Director of Communications and Business. Teamsters Canada, Stéphane Lacroix.
Recall that Molson intends to move its plant from Notre-Dame Street in Montreal to settle on the South Shore, near the Saint-Hubert airport.
In a statement, the union also said it feared that Molson would end the production of brown bottles, which “helps maintain hundreds of quality jobs,” to produce only cans.
According to the union, the “shifting cane” the company has taken in recent years has contributed to the loss of dozens of jobs.
He points out that 55% of Quebec’s beer production is sold in cans.