Laval, July 17, 2020 – The 15 or so workers at the Demix quarry in St-Jacques-le-Mineur ratified a new collective agreementyesterday after several weeks of negotiations.
The 15 or so workers at the plant voted 100% in favour of strike action on June 22 after voting unanimously to reject the employer’s latest offers, which they considered insulting. These members of Teamsters Local Union 1791.
The new collective agreement includes a 13.6% wage increase over the five-year duration of the contract, as well as a $500 bonus to be paid once the agreement is formally signed.
“With a 4.8% raise in the first year, we are starting to catch up to the wage rates of workers in Demix’s other quarries, but there are still improvements to be made,” noted Michel Richard, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local Union 1791. “I am very proud of the solidarity shown by our members.”
Demix acquired the St-Jacques-le-Mineur quarry three years ago. The company distributes and produces granular products in the greater Montreal area.
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