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Silicone workers negotiate significant wage hikes and contract improvements

December 16, 2022 | News Articles

The 15 members of USW Local 8614-08 employed at CSL Silicones Inc. in Guelph, Ont., recently ratified a new collective agreement securing improvements in working conditions that include an immediate 5% wage hike and total increases of 10% over three years.

The Steelworkers at CSL Silicones manufacture silicone coatings, sealants and adhesives used in a variety of commercial and industrial sectors, including construction, manufacturing, electrical, transportation, energy and infrastructure.

The members ratified a three-year collective agreement that will pay them wage increases of 5% in the first year, followed by increases of 3% and 2% in the contract’s second and third years, respectively. Some workers also receive significant, additional wage increases as a result of changes to job classifications.

The deal also improves vision care, bereavement leave and statutory holiday provisions and includes contributions to the Steelworkers Humanity Fund. There were no concessions in the agreement. The new contract will be in effect until December 2025.

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