Norpac Construction Employees Unanimously Ratify Strong New Contract
Kamloops, BC—Employees of Norpac Construction Inc., based in Kamloops, unanimously ratified a new three-year collective agreement providing them with annual wage increases and other significant improvements to their contract.
The employees are represented by Construction and Allied Workers Union, CLAC Local 68. The local has represented the employees since October 2016.
The contract provides employees with two percent annual wage increases and a new safety boot/safety gear allowance of up to $600 per year on a 50 percent cost-sharing basis. In addition, employer payments toward the cost of the benefits plan will increase from $1.50 per hour to $1.84 per hour. The new agreement also provides improvements to overtime and training provisions, transfers and travel time, and stand-by pay.
“This is a fantastic agreement for our members,” says Jim Oostenbrink, CLAC regional director. “It not only provides them with wage increases but significant improvements in many other areas. At the same time, it ensures their employer remains competitive in securing new work.”
Approximately 40 Local 68 members are employed by Norpac. The company provides HOH drilling, rock mesh and scaling, and slope stabilization services across BC. Recent projects include Site C, CN Rail site, and various Teck mine sites.