By Ted Alcuitas
A strike by Gate Gourmet workers has been averted when the union representing the workers reached a tentative agreement.
UNITE HERE Local 40 released a statement Monday, August 22 to announce the agreement.
Monday, August 22, 2016
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UNITE HERE Local 40 Reaches Tentative Contract Settlement with Gate Gourmet
Averts Strike by Inflight Catering Workers at YVR
Burnaby, BC – UNITE HERE Local 40 airline catering members reached a tentative deal with Gate Gourmet late Friday evening.
The new three-year contract achieves fair wage increases, restores overtime on the 6th and 7th days of work, and addresses treatment of workers returning to work after illness or injury, among other issues.
The tentative agreement averts a strike by the inflight catering workers. Local 40, which represents 400 food preparation workers and drivers at Gate Gourmet, had issued a 72-hour strike notice on August 16.
“After weeks of hard bargaining, we’ve got a deal that addresses the rising cost of living in Vancouver as well as other respect issues in the workplace. Going forward, we are happy to settle a contract that will make sure workers can securely take part in the company’s growing prosperity,” said Phillip Lin, High Lift Driver.
Further details will be released after members have had an opportunity to review the tentative agreement. Workers will hold a ratification vote this week.