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February 10, 2020

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a HAB Press business 2020 Women's shelter employees join USW BROCKVILLE, Ont. — Em- ployees at a Brockville shelter providing services and support to abused women and children joined the United Steelworkers (USW) union on Jan. 28. The employees of Leeds and Grenville Interval House — all of whom are women — include social workers, child witness workers and outreach workers. They provide emergency and transitional services and sup- port to women and children in distress, including accommo- dation, counselling and a 24- hour crisis and support line. "These employees chose to join the union because they want a strong, collective voice to address genuine concerns regarding their working con- ditions which affect the im- portant services they provide every day," says Marty Warren, USW director for Ontario and Atlantic Canada. "Through collective bargaining, these new union members will be able to negotiate a contract that ensures fair compensa- tion, good working standards and respect on the job, which will only improve their ability to effectively provide services to the community." In coming weeks, the union will assist the shelter workers in electing a negotiating com- mittee, developing bargaining proposals and entering into negotiations for a fair collec- tive agreement with the em- ployer, says Warren. Grand River Transit agreement ratified KITCHENER, Ont. — Grand River Transit (GRT) employ- ees in Kitchener, Ont. ratified a new collective agreement on Jan. 30, bringing strike ac- tion to an end for Unifor, Local 4304 members. The new collective agree- ment addresses the main con- cerns of the members leading into the negotiations, says the union, including: • a commitment from GRT to equip every bus in the system with barriers for the drivers to help ensure their safety on the job, including meaning- ful discussion on the type and implementation of barriers • improved disciplinary lan- guage • improved language on cam- era use • wage increases in each year of the collective agreement, and wage parity to local averages for skilled trades workers at comparable transit agencies • improved language on task completion for skilled trades • language improvements on the use of part-time and ca- sual employees • equalization of pay for part- time workers doing the same work as full-time workers The new agreement covers drivers, mechanics, vehicle service attendants and dis- patchers at GRT and will be in effect for three years and four months and is retroactive to Jan. 1, says the union. Strike ends at Montreal airports MONTREAL – International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Local 2301 members work- ing at Swissport at Montreal- Trudeau and Mirabel airports voted to accept the employer's offer on Jan. 30, effectively ending the strike they were en- gaged in since Dec. 31. "A majority of members felt the offer was something they could live with. Although it was not what they had before Swissport took over the con- tract as a result of contract flipping, it is a step in the right direction," says Peter Tsouka- las, chairperson IAM 140. The new contract will cover the next three years, says USW. The strike was due to the employer's refusal to acknowl- edge the unfairness of dras- tic cuts in salary and benefits since they assumed the con- tract, says the union. Employees of Swissport Canada, members of IAM Lo- cal 2301, are aircraft supply workers, dispatchers, fuel stor- age maintenance workers and mechanics. 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