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October 28, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a HAB Press business 2019 Chartwell employees in Ontario ratify contract VINELAND, Ont. — Employ- ees of Orchard Retirement Resi- dence in Vineland, Ont. voted in favour of ratifying their first col- lective agreement under the new owner, Chartwell Retirement Residences, on Oct. 11. The employees are members of the Niagara Health Care and Service Workers Union, CLAC, Local 302. The three-year agreement provides employees with wage increases of six per cent, as well as additional wage bumps for starting personal support work- ers during probation, a weekend premium and increases to vision benefits, says the union. "This was a tough road of bargaining, but our committee really stood strong and helped get the members' issues across to management," says Matthew Barrett, CLAC representative. Borea Construction workers sign first deal CALGARY — Employees of Borea Construction in Calgary voted in favour of ratifying their first collective agreement on Oct. 17. The 87 employees are mem- bers of Construction Workers Union, CLAC Local 63. The 2.5-year agreement pro- vides wage increases across the board ranging between 2.2 to 8.8 per cent and increased premi- ums and overtime benefits, says CLAC. The new deal also includes the introduction of a six per cent retirement package and health and welfare benefits as well as improvements to travel and living-out allowances, says the union. "The bargaining committee — which includes two employees from Borea — did a great job" says Randy Klassen, CLAC Cal- gary regional director. "Their insights and determi- nation contributed to the posi- tive gains and overwhelming vote in favour of ratifying the agreement by the member- ship." Borea Construction special- izes in building wind and solar farms and has built more than 40 renewable energy projects across Canada. CLC workers go on strike over policy changes OTTAWA — After almost two years of negotiations following the expiry of the collective agree- ment on June 30, 2017, workers at the Canadian Labour Con- gress (CLC) — who are mem- bers of the Canadian Union of Labour Representatives (CURC) — rejected the most recent offer from the employer and went on strike on Oct. 15. The International Associa- tion of Machinists and Aero- space Workers (IAM), Local 3111, represents the majority of staff in offices from British Co- lumbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. The main issues are the em- ployer's wanting to impose a non-monetary concession on language of the anti-harassment policy within the existing agree- ment, as well as terms of the em- ployee's defined benefit pension plan, says the union. The CLC also proposed only modest wage improvements to keep pace with inflation, accord- ing to the IAM. The employer tabled language to eradicate a provision within the anti-harassment policy which ensures that a complain- ant or a survivor in a harassment issue has meaningful and effec- tive determination on whether the harassment complaint is re- ferred to an outside third party for further investigation, says the union. "Since 2011, workers at the CLC have suffered significant reductions in the accrual rate of the pension plan, have been forced to contribute nine weeks of deferred salary or severance into the plan since that time, have increased employees pay- roll contribution rate by nearly 30 per cent and have a cap on their pensionable earnings that falls far below the actual earn- ings of the majority of the staff," says Neil Giroux, IAM special representative. LABOUR BRIEFS GET LISTED IN THE HR VENDORS GUIDE Visit hrreporter.com/hr-vendors-guide HR Professional Development Description: Faccaerio. Name volore pre et atur. 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