posted on March 27: McMaster security officers ratify contract


Security officers within the Department of Security Services have overwhelmingly accepted a new contract. The United Steelworkers' local 5295 held a ratification meeting last night.

“Both the union and the University worked hard to reach this deal,” says Cathy O'Donnell, chairperson of the union's negotiating team. “It's a deal both sides can be happy with.”

The tentative agreement was reached early Saturday morning.

The contract calls for across the board wage adjustments of 8.25% over 40 months with the initial increase of 2.25% effective March 1, 2001 and with subsequent 2% adjustments every 10 months. In addition, there is a .50% market adjustment increase for senior officers. The agreement expires June 30, 2004. Other improvements in the agreement include one paid personal day, paid paternity benefits, and increased coverage under the vision care plan.