Waste Management Workers in Southwestern Ontario get Big Wage Boost

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Unionized workers of CLAC Local 519 recently ratified an agreement with Waste Management of Canada Corporation (Lambton County Landfill Division) in which the eighteen employees of Waste Management Canada Corporation will be getting wage increases ranging from 15.5 to 6.5 percent over the next three years. The wage increase is retroactive to June of last year and includes a $1,000 signing bonus.

Lambton County is located in southwestern Ontario and has 126,000 residents.  It is bordered by Lake Huron to the north and the St. Clair River to the west.  Waste Management of Canada Corporation owns and operates the Twin Creeks Landfill in Watford and the Waste Management Transfer Station in Petrolia, both in Lambton County.

The workers are represented by that Manufacturing, Transportation & Allied Workers Union, CLAC Local 519.  CLAC is a union that was founded on the belief that people, businesses, and work communities flourish when workplaces are based on cooperation and mutual respect.

“Bargaining for the new contract was a long process,” said CLAC representative Ryan Griffioen in a press release. “But in the end the members are happy with the result. This agreement provides them with excellent monetary increases in the face of uncertainty.”