Significant Wage, Benefits Gains for Lomak Employees with New Contract
Prince George, BC—An overwhelming majority—98 percent—of employees of Lomak Bulk Carriers Corp. ratified a new five-year collective agreement providing them with significant gains in wages and benefits.
The 156 truck drivers and shop personnel are represented by Transport, Marine, Warehousing, and Allied Workers Union, CLAC Local 66. The union has represented the employees since 1987.
The new contract provides employees with a 10 percent total increase in wages over the life of the agreement, with a $500 bonus for all employees in the second year. Employees’ RSP contributions will be moved to CLAC’s plan, with the introduction of a one percent matching pension contribution.
In addition to monetary gains, employees will see significant improvements to their benefits, with an increase to employer-paid benefits coverage. Each employee will also receive a new $300 per year healthcare spending account, with incremental increases over the life of the agreement.
Other gains include the introduction of a tool allowance for shop employees, an increase to the work-wear allowance, improvements to vacation scheduling language and dispatch scheduling procedures, and additional coverage for medical examinations.
“A huge credit goes to our elected union bargaining committee,” says Arielle Ross. “They worked tirelessly alongside their union representative team to secure significant and well-deserved increases to their contract. We’re thrilled with the success of the vote, and the positive impact these gains will have for our members and their families.”
Lomak drivers haul wood fibre product all across northern BC.