Canadian Labour Reporter

November 19, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 Moose Jaw, Co-op strike ends MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Moose Jaw Co-op workers in Moose Jaw, Sask., reached a new collective agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), Local 1400. Employees voted on Nov. 6 in favour of accepting Co-op's offer, and returned to work on Nov. 8, after 36 days on strike. "We're pleased an agreement was reached that was fair to both parties," said Gerry Onyskevitch, general manager. "Our final offer reduces the wage difference be- tween longer-term employees and those hired more recently." The new agreement pre- serves the wage scale that was negotiated for new employees in the previous collective agree- ment, a point that was critical to the long-term competitive- ness of the retail outlet, said the union. Moose Jaw Co-op is a retail co-operative that has served Moose Jaw and the surrounding area for more than 70 years. First contract at Edmonton's ATS signed EDMONTON — Airport Termi- nal Services (ATS) workers in Ed- monton ratified a first contract on Nov. 9. "As first contracts go, this one is a beauty," said Keith Aiken, In- ternational Association of Ma- chinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Transportation Lodge 140 general chairperson. "Any time you can negotiate significant pay increases in a first contract, you have to be happy," said Aiken The three-year agreement provides wage increases of $0.50 per hour every six months in the first year and a one per cent wage increase in year two and three respectively, according to IAM. Other collective-agreement highlights include the introduc- tion of a multi-employer pen- sion plan, a reduced wage-scale grid that goes from 11 years to 10, as well as enhanced benefits, said the union. The contract included a new sick-bank rollover (now ca- pable of carrying over sick days to personal days the follow- ing year), new layoff and recall rights in place, and a new vaca- tion schedule, according to the union. The 150 members of IAM, Lo- cal 1681 provide ramp services for United and WestJet airlines at the Edmonton International Airport. The IAM is the largest union in the Canadian air transport sector, according to the union. HÔtel-Dieu Grace workers sign new contract WINDSOR, Ont. — Unifor employees at the Windsor, Ont., hospital HÔtel-Dieu Grace Health care made gains in wag- es, benefits and vacation en- titlements, after a new collective agreement was signed on Nov. 8, according to Unifor. "We're pleased for our mem- bers in the service- and skilled- trades units who achieved solid gains over the life of this agree- ment," said Tullio DiPonti, Unifor, Local 2458 president. Both units voted 100 per cent in favour of the new collective agreements, which shows that employees support much of the work done by the bargain- ing committee, according to Unifor. In addition to wage increases of more than six per cent over four years, workers will reach vacation thresholds sooner, 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/Ivan Alvarado A worker shouts slogans during a national strike of unionized workers demanding better working conditions, in Santiago, on Nov. 8.

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