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Unifor’s new agreement with Irving Shipbuilding includes 400 per cent increase in psychological benefits

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January 19, 2023
By Talent Canada

Unifor MWF 1 ratifies agreement with Irving Shipbuilding (CNW Group/Unifor)

Unifor and Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax have reached a new, four-and-a-half year collective agreement.

It covers 1,100 skilled trades workers and contains what the union called “competitive” wages increases over the lifetime of the contract. It also includes increased RRSP contributions, a boot allowance and a faster path to four weeks’ vacation.

Notably, coverage for clinical psychology was increased by 400 per cent — from $3oo to $1,500 annually.

“On behalf of the union, I send my thanks and congratulations to the MWF 1 bargaining committee for what they achieved for workers at the Halifax Shipyard,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National president. “In addition to important economic improvements, this agreement will support the growth of the skilled workforce in the shipyard, an anchor for good union jobs in the Halifax region.”


This agreement also includes formalized language for the Unifor Women’s Advocate and the introduction of the Unifor Racial Justice Advocate Program.

“MWF Local 1 has been an early adopter of Unifor equity programs like the Women’s Advocate and, now, the Racial Justice Advocate,” said Jennifer Murray, Atlantic regional director. “Unifor members have been instrumental in outreach programs to recruit and remove barriers for women, Black, and Indigenous people to get their trades training and find good jobs at Irving Shipbuilding.”

The bargaining committee presented the tentative agreement to members on Sunday, Jan. 15 and voting took place Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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