Welcome to the SPATEA website!

If you are a member of SPATEA and can’t log in to this site, please contact either Bill Bird or Cris Chirtu.

SPATEA maintains a private mailing list. If you are not getting private SPATEA emails (ie not the company forwarded emails), please speak to a SPATEA member on how to join the list.


SPATEA (SPAR Professional and Allied Technical Employee's Association) was initially formed in 1977. Employees, at that time, had long-standing and growing dissatisfaction with arbitrary, unilateral-decisions concerning career goals, working conditions and salaries. The Association was created to represent employee career concerns in discussions with the Company.

When the Company refused to recognize the new Association, SPATEA applied to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) for recognition as a fully accredited labour union of professional and allied technical employees.

An interim certificate was issued in 1978 while the Company challenged the inclusion of the Group Leaders and Section Chiefs on the grounds that they were managerial. The Association was officially certified in 1979 with the first contract being effective in March 1980.

In 1981, employees at the David Florida Laboratories (DFL) location formed the second bargaining unit of SPATEA. Their first contract became effective in 1981.

Since 1981, contracts have been ratified in 3-4 year timeframes. The 1991 contract extended recognition for the Toronto Bargaining Unit to the new facility in Brampton. DFL contracts are negotiated at the same time as the Toronto unit.

Over the years, many issues were negotiated by the Association and included in the contracts:

- Improved pay levels

- Processes for progression through the engineering/technical levels

- Specific salary increases in addition to performance increases

- Paid holidays

- Flextime

- Layoff allowance/severance pay package

- Defined grievance procedure

- Various types of leaves (e.g. maternity, bereavement, etc)

- Benefits package

- Bonus payment plan

Over the years, the Association has handled various types of grievances with the Company. Many were settled with discussion and mutual agreement. Some went to arbitration.