Pay is comparable, 24.65 top rate i think. We top out after 2 years though. Healthcare is a little different, because we have public healthcare here, so what we don't pay in premiums, we do pay in taxes so to speak. Some provinces, Alberta is the one that comes to mind, has a yearly healthcare premium, but that is paid for by the company. I don't think it is much, like under 500/yr. Our benefit package is a package that includes dental/prescription drugs, etc. The premium on that is about 10 bucks a month, and the company pays for it, but we have to claim it as a taxable benefit on our taxes, so it's likely a wash.
Compared to other LTL's, including Reimer (YRC) Vitran, Manitoulin and a few others, we are likely on the top of the pack, or fairly close, however, the lack of an increase for the last few years has really narrowed the gap. There are no LTL's locally that i would even consider working for, they just don't compare. Not sure about the trade/skilled labor issue, not sure it would matter much here. Plus, the companies that have control of the trucking associations and the transportation department in their back pockets would fight it tooth and nail.
Unionization is almost a non-issue here. We have a very strong Labor department in government and have laws that deal specifically with the transportation industry. The unionized companies here can offer little more protection labor wise than is already afforded by the government. The hours of service regulations are not an issue because our hours of service go beyond yours with regards to hours.
We are a different dog in Canada really, just with the amount of area that we cover. We took a big loss when they closed down the head office in Toronto. We had a voice that spoke out for some of our unique situations and needs, now that we are controlled by Ann Arbor completely and as an extension by the different regions, we are completely on an island with regards to any concern or recognition within the company.