Workers at Trans Mountain pipeline secure deal including 10-22% wage increases immediately
Valemount, B.C. — Camp workers in Valemount, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, have ratified a standard-setting union contract with ATCO by a 98% “yes” vote. Valemount camp is the first unionized ATCO camp on the Trans Mountain pipeline. The agreement includes wage increases of up to 22% immediately depending on classifications, housekeeping workload protections, free and improved health care coverage, and up to $455 per month in travel pay for some workers.
The agreement with ATCO covers frontline workers who cook, clean, sanitize, and maintain the Trans Mountain pipeline camp. The union bargaining committee achieved their first two-year collective agreement after workers formed a union in January this year. As housing costs have dramatically risen in northern B.C. over the years, the new contract provides job security and improved working conditions for many. 1st Cooks will be making $31.40 and 2nd Cooks $29.40 in less than a year, with retroactive bonuses for most workers.
“I’m proud that ATCO Valemount workers were able to come together, talk with each other, and win this life-changing contract. It’s given me peace of mind. Not only will working conditions improve, I can also save for my future. As a Valemount local where prices are going up, having more money in our pockets means a lot. Now with better pay, healthcare, and dental, I can better support my family,” said Ann Bridge, a baker at ATCO Valemount Camp.
This new agreement comes after ATCO Blue River camp workers unionized earlier this month. With hundreds of newly organized camp members including those at Civeo, Horizon North Kitimat, Kitimat LNG, and Parsnip Lodge, UNITE HERE Local 40 is the fastest growing camp workers’ union in northern B.C.
Media Contact: Stephanie Fung, 604-928-7356, [email protected]
UNITE HERE Local 40 is the hospitality and camp workers’ union and represents members in construction camps and the hotel, food service, and airport industries throughout British Columbia. Learn more at UniteHereLocal40.org.