Strike at Kuehne + Nagel ends

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by Emily Atkins

Unifor Local 1285 members at the Kuehne + Nagel Hogan warehouse location voted to accept a new collective agreement, ending a six day strike action.

The workers gained pay increases, a signing bonus, more sick days and improvements to vacation entitlements, shift premiums, benefits, clothing allowance and RRSP contributions. There is an  immediate $2.00 per hour wage increase, with a $0.50/hour increase in year two and year three. All employees currently being paid above the job classification rate receive an immediate wage increase of $1.00 and then $0.50/hour in year two and three. They will also get 1.5 times rate of pay for all hours worked over 8 hours/day.

The union also gained a greater voice with the addition of a Women’s Advocate and creation of a Joint Harassment Investigation Committee.

“I am so incredibly proud of these courageous members who stood firm in their demand for fair treatment from global giant Kuehne + Nagel,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

“They are truly an amazing group of workers who fought to get their union in the first place and were now fighting for economic justice and respect.”

The new three-year collective agreement is the second contract negotiated, since the 140 workers first unionized in 2018.

“The Bargaining Committee had the full support of the members, which made all the difference, as it was clear to the company that we would not bend and would not return to work until we obtained the wage and benefit improvements the workers deserved,” said Unifor Local 1285 Unit Chair Joseph Evans.