(Montreal) Faced with problems attracting and retaining workers, Olymel and the UFCW union reopened the collective agreement for 275 workers at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant before its expiry. in order to raise wages.

The collective agreement of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), a large union affiliated with the FTQ, expires in 2027. The expiry date has not been changed by the reopening of the collective agreement, but salaries and bonuses have been raised.

The UFCW union explains that workers on the production line and trades workers will see their wages increased, in the context of labor shortages.

For example, those who belong to class 1, who received a salary of $17.20 per hour to $19.20 per hour, see this increase to $19 from the time of hiring until 21.20. $ per hour after one year, the union said.

Similarly, several bonuses have been increased, such as those for evenings, nights and trainers.