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December 9, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a HAB Press business 2019 Uber, Lyft should be employers: UFCW VANCOUVER — The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW Canada), Local 1518 filed an application on Nov. 30 with the Labour Relations Board of British Columbia to have Uber and Lyft drivers classified as employees. Right now, drivers for ride- hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are classified as independent contractors, which denies them coverage under the Employment Standards Act as well as the right to unionize, says the union. "We have reviewed the terms of Lyft and Uber's agreements and in our assessment they are in violation of B.C. labour laws," says Kim Novak, president UFCW, 1518. "They are asking drivers in B.C. to sign contracts that require them not to engage in collective actions." Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are preparing to launch their services in B.C. within months. The campaign is supported by the BC Federation of Labour, which is also demanding that as a condition of operating, all ride-hailing companies must ac- knowledge that drivers are em- ployees, says Novak. UFCW, Local 1518 represents 24,000 members working in the community health, service, re- tail, industrial and professional sectors across B.C. PIPSC workers join IAM OTTAWA — Members of the Professional Institute Regional Employee Council (PIREC) joined the International Associa- tion of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on Nov. 29. The 35 employees work for the Professional Institute of the Pub- lic Service of Canada (PIPSC) across Canada. The new mem- bers are well-grounded in labour law and represent the more than 60,000 members of PIPSC. A new IAM charter has been granted and the group will be known as PIREC Local 907. Bar- gaining preparation is already scheduled for mid-December, says the union. "We aren't waiting," says Scott Jackson, IAM grand lodge repre- sentative assigned to organizing. "Our newest members did their due diligence and looked far and wide for a good fit and finally chose the IAM as the union to represent them." K-12 support- staff talks end in B.C VICTORIA — All Canadian Union of Professional Employ- ees (CUPE) locals have reached agreements with their respec- tive districts and K-12 province- wide bargaining was completed for support staff on Nov. 27, says the K-12 Presidents Council in B.C. "We're looking forward to working together to make im- provements for support staff and students," says Warren Wil- liams, K-12 Presidents Council president. The council is comprised of representatives from 62 locals in school districts across the province, including 57 CUPE locals. Members of the council rep- resent more than 29,000 educa- tion workers who provide a wide variety of services that support students. These include educa- tion assistants, school secre- taries, youth and family work- ers, caretakers, First Nations support workers, IT workers, career information assistants, strong start facilitators, trades and maintenance workers and bus drivers. New deal at Maple City Residence Chatham, Ont. — Employees of Maple City Residence, a re- tirement home in Chatham, Ont., unanimously ratified a new collective agreement on Nov. 29. The three-year agreement in- cludes wage increases of six per cent over the term. In addition, it provides improvements to health benefits coverage, pen- sion contributions, the week- end premium, and starting wage rates. Employees will also now benefit from a uniform allow- ance as well as improvements to contract language, says CLAC. 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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