PRESS RELEASE: NOVEMBER 13, 2009

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Mediator Issues Decision on OTF Wages

Mediator Mark Atkinson has issued a decision which supports the position of the Union with respect to the wages of Okanagan Tree Fruit members hired prior to the recent Mediated settlement. In the Memorandum of Agreement dated August 23, 2009, the Company and Union agreed that Mr. Atkinson would deal with any issues flowing from his decision. The Union argued that since his award of October 27, the Company, in some circumstances,  had been applying the new wage rates to members hired prior to the award. Mr. Atkinson supported the Union position that these were to be 'new hire rates" and that current employees are not to be impacted by these rates.

Members may view a copy of the award by clicking here- OTF Wage Award

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