Royal Canadian Legion Employees Unanimously Ratify New Contract
Maple Ridge, BC—Employees of the Royal Canadian Legion in Maple Ridge voted unanimously in favour of ratifying a three-year collective agreement providing them with wage increases and other improvements.
The employees are represented by Service, Health, Manufacturing, and Allied Workers Union, CLAC Local 501. The union has represented them since April 2016.
The new contract includes wage increases of five percent in 2022, four percent in 2023, and three percent in 2024. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was also added as statutory holiday. In addition, the hours required to work to obtain insurance and benefits coverage were reduced as follows:
• 100% coverage reduced from 100 worked hours to 80 worked hours
• 50% coverage reduced from 80 worked hours to 65 worked hours
• Self-pay coverage reduced from 80 worked hours to 65 worked hours
The agreement also includes a small increase to employer contributions to retirement savings.
“We’re very pleased with the settlement reached,” says Aleasha Wegner, CLAC representative. “The union bargaining committee did not push for large wage increases, recognizing that the Legion made minimal profit throughout the pandemic. However, the employer recognized the importance of wage increases for future recruitment and retention and responded with increases above those proposed by our bargaining committee.”