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February 3, 2020

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a HAB Press business 2020 City workers in Revelstoke vote to strike REVELSTOKE, B.C. — Cana- dian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 363 members working for the City of Revel- stoke, B.C. voted on Jan 22 to strike if necessary. "Considering the significant raises the mayor and council gave themselves and city man- agement, the modest increases our members are asking for are clearly fair and reasonable," says Jesse Adam, CUPE 363 Presi- dent. "I hope this strike vote sends a clear message that CUPE 363 members are determined to get a fair deal and that they strongly support their bargain- ing committee." The local's last collective agreement expired more than a year ago, on Dec. 31, 2018. "Our members have been more than patient with the mayor and council, and we have given them every opportunity to do the right thing," says Adam. CUPE 363 represents about 100 employees who provide a variety of municipal services in Revelstoke. Hamilton Vopak workers sign new deal HAMILTON — Unifor, Local 2003E members at Vopak Ter- minals of Canada in Hamilton voted to adopt a new collective agreement on Jan. 17 that in- cludes a large wage increase. "In the new contract, our se- nior operators received a wage increase of approximately 24 per cent, retroactive to the start of this year," says Gary Ellis, Unifor national representative. Local 2003E members also demanded pension security in the form of a DB pension plan as well as other monetary gains, says the union. After multiple days of collective bargaining a tentative agreement was reached, says the union. The new collective agreement also contains improvements in overtime calculations, health benefits, bereavement, sever- ance, shift premiums and vaca- tions, says Unifor. The full-time terminal opera- tors at the petroleum and chemi- cal tank-farm work outdoors in all conditions storing and trans- ferring such chemicals as fuels, de-icing fluids and asphalt from massive holding tanks, trains, ships and trucks, according to the union. TMS workers agree to contact L'ORIGNAL, Ont. – United Steelworkers (USW) members working at TMS International Canada in L'Orignal, Ont. negotiated a new collective agreement on Jan. 22 that will bring improvements in wages, benefits and pensions. The workers, members of USW Local 8794-01, ratified the three-year collective agree- ment that will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2022. The new collective agree- ment for TMS employees pro- vides hourly wage increases of $1.50, as well as cost-of-living increases, over the life of the contract, says USW. By the final year of the agree- ment in 2022, wage rates will range from $33 to $36 an hour, says the union. The new contract also includes improvements to the workers' DB pension plan and to health and welfare benefits such as vision care, dental care, paramedical services, life insurance and short- term and long-term disability coverage. Early-retirement pro- visions also are provided in the contract, says USW. Rad Technologies workers join IAM THETFORD MINES, Que. — The 185 workers at Rad Tech- nologies in Thetford Mines, Que. voted to join the Interna- tional Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on Jan. 24. District 11 organizer Éric Gag- né started the campaign in Feb- ruary 2019 and after only a few meetings, the workers respond- ed overwhelmingly and joined the IAM, says the union. Rad Technologies manufac- tures snow equipment for heavy machinery. 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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