Sudbury

Sudbury RONA workers ratify contract, after 5-day lockout

Workers at a hardware store in New Sudbury will return to work, as a contract deal has been ratified between the employer and the union representing the workers.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 175 says a five-day lockout by an employer in Sudbury is now over. The union representing 14 workers at Rona says a tentative deal was reached yesterday and ratified last night. (Erik White/CBC )

Workers at a hardware store in New Sudbury will return to work, as a contract deal has been ratified between the employer and the union representing the workers.

Employees at RONA on Barrydowne Road had been locked out by their employer for five days. The union representing the workers says an agreement was reached yesterday and ratified last night.

​In a press release, RONA said it is satisfied the employees from its store in Sudbury accepted all the terms of the agreement that was initially presented to them by the company on Sept.25.

This concludes a nine-month negotiation process. 

After the lockout last week, regional director for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175 Chris Fuller said there have been several bargaining sessions, but only one issue.

"The employer has taken the position — the unlawful position, the union would assert — that senior employees will be required to work on Sundays," said Fuller.

The company stated that, according to the Employment Standard Act, an employee hired before September 1, 2001 scheduled to work on a Sunday has the right to refuse if he or she gives a minimum of 48-hours notice. This remains unchanged.

The store will re-open for business on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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