Canadian Labour Reporter

October 22, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 Ontario MPAC workers ratify 4-year contract PICKERING, Ont. — About 1,400 employees working at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) in On- tario voted to ratify a contract that features four years of wage increases and no concessions, according to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OP- SEU). The four-year agreement pro- vides annual wage increases of 1.9 per cent in each of the first three years and 1.75 per cent in the final year, according to OP- SEU. The deal provides all mem- bers with a one-time payment of $750 for health and wellness, said the union It also includes a one-time payment of $250 for all perma- nent members, to help offset the costs of affiliate and candidacy fees, according to OPSEU. Alcoa demands concessions at ABI: USW BÉCANCOUR, Que. — Alu- minum producer Alcoa is indi- cating that it is not interested in settling a nine-month lockout of 1,030 employees at its ABI smelter in Bécancour, Que., said the United Steelworkers (USW). Alcoa has demanded more concessions from the locked-out workers even though the ABI smelter has the lowest labour costs per unit production among all of Alcoa's facilities in North America, according to USW. The situation prompted for- mer Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard, appointed by the pro- vincial government as a special mediator in the labour dispute, to suspend the mediation pro- cess on Oct. 5, said the union. The locked-out workers, members of USW/Syndicat des Métallos, Local 9700, met Oct. 9 in Trois-Rivières, Que., to discuss the breakdown in nego- tiations as well as their plan to escalate a campaign to increase pressure on Alcoa for a fair set- tlement. "Alcoa has demanded new concessions from workers sever- al times during the negotiations," said Clément Masse, USW Local 9700 president. "The company is trying to make workers bear the brunt of its bad decision to lock out its employees in the first place." Workers have been locked out since Jan. 11 at the ABI smelter, which is co-owned by Alcoa and Rio Tinto. Toronto health-care workers sign fi rst deal TORONTO — Members of In- ternational Association of Ma- chinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Local 1231 employed by Spectrum Healthcare in Toron- to ratified their first collective agreement on Oct. 10. "Due to the size of this group and the nature of their work we conducted a mail-in ballot and the response has been a 92 per cent acceptance of their first agreement," said Ralph Martin, IAM grand lodge representa- tive. The five-year agreement pro- vides wage adjustments and wage increases ranging from a guaranteed 5.8 per cent to a po- tential 10.8 per cent, according to IAM. Other agreement highlights include inclusion in the IAM la- bour management pension plan, enhanced vacation benefits and new bereavement benefits, said the union. LABOUR BRIEFS FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 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: Website: Director, Media Solutions, Canada Karen Lorimer Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Todd Humber Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 649-7896 News Editor John Dujay | (416) 298-5129 Sales Manager Paul Burton | (416) 649-9928 Marketing Co-ordinator Keith Fulford | (416) 649-9585 © 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 for more information. Labour Reporter Canadian LABOUR LENS Photo: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart U.S. Senator Jon Tester meets with striking members of the International Boilermakers Union, Local D239 and their supporters outside Imerys Talc America in Three Forks, Mont., on Oct. 13.

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