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Brink's Bargaining - Ontario and British Columbia

Brink’s Canada Ltd. workers in Ontario ratify contract

October 29, 2017

Toronto – Brink’s Canada Ltd. workers in two Unifor bargaining groups, one in Ottawa region and the other covering the remainder of Ontario, have ratified new four-year contracts.

“These were very difficult negotiations,” said Unifor Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer Jenny Ahn. “In the end we were able to ratify new collective agreements in the face of a rapidly changing industry.”

The two bargaining groups voted in favour of new contracts that include improved benefits, the elimination of forced overtime, and significant wage increases, particularly in female dominated divisions. The new contracts share a common expiry date of August 26, 2021.

“Ultimately I don’t think either side left the table completely happy but I believe we achieved a fair deal that sets a common standard across the regions,” said Unifor Representative Mike Armstrong.

Approximately 1,000 armoured car drivers and messengers, members at Unifor Local’s 27, 103, 112, 195, 229, 504, 598, 599, 1359, 1106 and 4266, are covered under the new collective agreements in Ontario.

Members at Unifor Local 114 in British Columbia are still conducting scheduled votes on a tentative agreement with Brink’s Canada Ltd.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Brink’s Canada Ltd.

October 19, 2017

Toronto – A tentative agreement has been reached between Brink’s Canada Ltd. and Unifor, representing over 1,000 workers in British Columbia and Ontario.

“Bargaining teams representing British Columbia, the Ottawa region, and the remainder of Ontario worked very hard together," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "I congratulate them on obtaining a fair deal that includes a break-through in reaching a common expiry date in three bargaining regions for the first time.”

The new tentative agreements cover approximately 260 members at Unifor Local 114 in British Columbia and 800 members at Unifor Local’s 27, 103, 112, 195, 229, 504, 598, 599, 1359, 1106 and 4266 in Ontario.

The armoured car drivers and messengers deliver services to thousands of financial institutions, ATM’s and retail outlets across the two provinces.

“Negotiations were tough but I’m pleased that the union was able to reach a tentative contract that prioritized the needs of workers,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor BC Area Director.

The master bargaining committee is recommending the deal to the membership. Details of the collective agreement will be released upon ratification, which will take place in the coming days.

“Unifor has negotiated a deal that positions our members well for the future,” said Unifor Representative Mike Armstrong. ”The union will continue to fight to improve standards in a rapidly changing industry.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

Unifor has served a 72-hour strike notice to Brink's Canada Limited. 

Approximately 260 members at Unifor Local 114 in British Columbia and 800 members at Unifor Local’s 27, 103, 112, 195, 229, 504, 598, 599, 1359, 1106 and 4266 will be in a legal strike position as of 9:01 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday October 18, 2017 (12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday October 19, 2017).

For more information on the strike notice click here.

The move comes after the bargaining committees received overwhelming strike mandates from members last month. For more details click here.

Outstanding issues include fair wages, guaranteed hours, overtime pay, and pensions and benefits with safety remaining the key issue in negotiations. 

Unifor has long campaigned for improved conditions in the industry.  For more information visit the Armed and Safe Campaign page here.