Warehouse jobs are often low-paid, unstable, precarious and non-permanent, especially when they are non-union. Compulsory or mandated overtime is far too common and there are often concerns with how “overtime” work is defined. Employers increasingly set higher and higher numbers of hours worked in a day or even a week before overtime is paid. That’s not fair.
Unifor has successfully negotiated some of the highest wages in Canadian warehouses. Recent collective agreements have achieved a $22.00 per hour start rate with some warehouse union members set to earn a top rate of $29.00 to $40.43 per hour during their contract.
A union contract also clearly outlines when workers are entitled to overtime pay and when they will receive pay raises.