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September 10, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 BCGEU employees ratify agreement VANCOUVER — The BC Government and Service Em- ployees' Union (BCGEU) said that workers in the Community Social Services (CSS) sector voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agree- ment on Aug. 26. "After 16 years of cuts and wage restraint leading the sector into crisis, this agreement with a government that wants to put people first provides a founda- tion to build on," said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president. "We are pleased to see sub- stantial gains to support the vi- tal work CSS workers do. How- ever, the low support among the membership for the Indigenous services' contract demonstrates how much more needs to be done," said Smith The three-year contract pro- vides significant compensation increases for workers, said the union. CSS consists of three collec- tive agreements: community liv- ing workers ratified their agree- ment by 82.3 per cent; general services ratified by 95.8 per cent; and Indigenous services ratified by 50.9 per cent, according to BCGEU. The ratified agreement is the result of negotiations be- tween the 10-union Commu- nity Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CS- SEA), said the union. The new collective agreement will be in effect from April 1, 2019, until March 31, 2022. The BCGEU represents about two-thirds of the unionized community social service work- ers in British Columbia. Workers at Rocky Ridge in Calgary join AUPE CALGARY — The Alberta Union of Provincial Employ- ees (AUPE) welcomed about 100 new members at Calgary's Rocky Ridge Retirement Com- munity. After many ongoing issues at the worksite, workers voted in favour of the union at a vote on Aug. 22, according to AUPE. "We are excited for these nurs- ing care and general support ser- vices workers to join our union," said Bonnie Gostola, AUPE vice- president. "Together, as members of a union, these workers can de- mand improved working condi- tions and accountability." Placentia, N.L., applies for conciliation PLACENTIA, N.L. — Rep- resentatives for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1761 remain hopeful that a negotiated collec- tive agreement can be reached with the Town of Placentia, N.L., despite receiving notice on Aug. 26 that the employer has applied for conciliation. "We're disappointed that the town has taken this step, which we feel is premature at this time," said Derrick Barrett, CUPE national representative. "Progress has been made and issues have been resolved through the regular collective bargaining process." Six exchanges have taken place since bargaining began in May 2018, according to the union. CUPE 1761 represents 15 em- ployees who are inside and out- side municipal workers with the Town of Placentia. A seaman holds a rope next to a moored passenger ferry during a second consecutive 24-hour strike of Greece's seamen's federation PNO against austerity policies affecting their sector, at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on Sept. 4. REUTERS/Costas Baltas LABOUR BRIEFS FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 www.labour-reporter.com Published weekly by omson Reuters Canada Ltd. Subscription rate: $610 per year Customer Service Tel: (416) 609-3800 (Toronto) (800) 387-5164 (outside Toronto) Fax: (416) 298-5106 Email: customersupport.legaltaxcanada@tr.com Website: www.thomsonreuters.ca Director, Media Solutions, Canada Karen Lorimer Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Todd Humber Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 649-7896 sarah.dobson@thomsonreuters.com News Editor John Dujay | (416) 298-5129 john.dujay@thomsonreuters.com Sales Manager Paul Burton | (416) 649-9928 paul.burton@thomsonreuters.com Marketing Co-ordinator Keith Fulford | (416) 649-9585 keith.fulford@thomsonreuters.com © 2018 omson Reuters Canada Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher. e publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice. If legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. e analysis contained herein represents the opinion of the authors and should in no way be construed as being either offi cial or unoffi cial policy of any governmental body. ISSN 0045-5113 Publications Registration 2089 Canadian Labour Reporter is part of the Canadian HR Reporter group of publications. Visit www.hrreporter.com for more information. Labour Reporter Canadian www.labour-reporter.com LABOUR LENS Photo: REUTERS/Sue-Lin Wong

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