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August 10, 2020

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New agreement at Carpenter Canada WOODBRIDGE, Ont. — A new collective agreement was ratified on July 29 between Uni- for, Local 252 and Carpenter Canada of Woodbridge, Ont. "Bargaining was very difficult and the impact of COVID-19 made it even worse. However, we were able to continue the pro- cess online through Zoom with the help of a conciliator from the Ministry of Labour," says Wolson Stowe, president of Unifor Local 252. The three-year collective agreement — which is in effect from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2022 — contains strengthened language for the 96 employees, says the union. Highlights of the new deal in- clude wage increases, improved scheduling and overtime prac- tices, increased benefits and a signing bonus for workers at the plant, which manufactures mat- tresses-in-a-box, says Unifor. Red Pine workers end lockout ALLARDVILLE, N.B. — Work- ers at the Red Pine landfill site in Allardville, N.B. ended a months- long lockout following the ratifi- cation of a new five-year collec- tive agreement on July 29 that features wage increases and no concessions. The 23 workers — who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), 4193 — were locked out on Feb. 13 by the Chaleur Regional Ser- vices Commission (CRSC), over concessions on their union leave and sick leave, says the union. "For the past six months, our members have held strong through a lockout unlike any other in Canadian history, and we won because we refused to settle for less," says Serge Plourde, president of CUPE, 4193. For the past six months, they have been forced to return home without pay, benefits or health insurance, while being replaced by scab labour from day one. They faced a court injunction that limited their picket line to a maximum of six people at a time, says CUPE. First contract signed at Robert Transport BELOEIL, Que. — Workers at the Robert Transport warehouse, Exceldor division in Beloeil, Que., ratified their first collective agree- ment on July 26. The contract was ratified by almost 90 per cent of the company's 30 employees, says the Teamsters, Local 106. Wage increases totalling eight per cent were obtained for two years and seven months, in addi- tion to 12 statutory holidays and two family days with cash value, says the union. This group of workers became members of Teamsters last De- cember. The pandemic delayed negotiations a little, says Team- sters. Revera workers ratify 'hard- earned' deal CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — CLAC members employed by five Re- vera homes in southern Ontario ratified a new collective agree- ment on July 31. The three-year contract in- cludes wage increases of 1.5 per cent each year for three years, as well as improvements to bene- fits coverage and weekend pre- mium. There are also significant improvements throughout the contract, including the addition of shift giveaways, which was a priority for the membership, says CLAC. "In addition to having to nego- tiate in the midst of a pandemic and having to ratify less-than-fair wage increases for the hard work they do every day, it's also in the context of the Bill 195, which con- tinues to suspend parts of their collective agreement without extending the pandemic pay past Aug. 14," says Susan Siemens, CLAC's Cambridge regional dir- ector. "This is an incredibly hard- earned contract by the bargaining committee, who faced impossible circumstances in negotiating a fair deal." The agreement covers about 650 employees. GET LISTED IN THE HR VENDORS GUIDE Visit hrreporter.com/hr-vendors-guide HR Professional Development Description: Faccaerio. Name volore pre et atur. Cerumqui consedi seraectis eos magnisi nvenihi lliquist qui accum de pres experis testior eperest que ventust qui re volorum quatat. 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