Unifor Workers in Sioux Lookout and Dryden Ink New Contracts

Unifor workers in Dryden vote overwhelmingly to accept deal

SIOUX LOOKOUT – 70 members of Unifor Local 324-12 in Dryden voted 93% in favour and 45 members of Unifor Local 324-16 in Sioux Lookout voted 100% in favour of two new collective agreements with Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout on Thursday.

Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout provides all levels of support for individuals with developmental disabilities living in both Dryden and Sioux Lookout.

Stephen Boon, Unifor National Representative says “Despite province-wide funding cuts and ongoing austerity measures, we were pleased to have once again secured solid contracts for 115 Unifor members at Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout. Our members understand the provincial funding challenges in the sector and were clearly pleased to secure fair contract improvements while still maintaining a very cooperative working relationship with CLD-SL Management.”

Unifor reports that both deals provide 1.5%, 1.5% and 1.5% annual wage increases, a new single staffing $.50/hour premium, improved bereavement leave, expanded paid personal leave and a number of key language improvements.

Top rates of pay will reach $30.70 by the final year of the contracts which run from September 2, 2019, to September 1, 2022. Unifor represents over 315,000 members across Canada in 20 economic sectors and roughly 8,000 members across Northwestern Ontario.