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September 14, 2020

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Tim Hortons workers join UFCW TORONTO — Workers at the Tim Hortons Innovation Café in downtown Toronto are the newest members of United Food and Commercial Work- ers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 102 after voting on Sept. 2 to join the union. The 24 fast-food workers joined UFCW to address issues surrounding health and safety, scheduling, discrimination and favouritism, says the union. The union victory at the In- novation Café makes it the first corporate, non-franchised Tim Hortons ever to be unionized in Canada. In addition, both the organizing campaign and certification vote were com- pletely digital, as all union card signatures were collected elec- tronically and the unionization vote was conducted online, with 100 per cent participation from the bargaining unit, says UFCW. Bell MTS workers ratify contract WINNIPEG — On Aug. 27, telecom workers at Bell MTS in Manitoba ratified a three-year collective agreement to im- prove working conditions. The new agreement includes wage increases in every year of the contract, improvements to performance management, and the conversion of casual and part-time jobs into more predictable regular part-time and full-time jobs, says Unifor. Workers who raised work- induced stress as a critical issue will benefit from a negotiated review of mental health initia- tives in the workplace, says the union. The new contract also se- cured paid leave for survi- vors of domestic violence and two women's advocates in the workplace, says the union. First deal for Saint-Jean- sur-Richelieu employees SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHE- LIEU, Que. — About 188 work- ers with the City of Saint-Jean- sur-Richelieu, Que. signed their collective agreement Aug. 28. The seven-year contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2024, calls for wage hikes of two per cent per year for the first four years, 2.5 per cent for 2022 and 2.75 per cent for 2023 and 2024, says the Ca- nadian Union of Public Employ- ees (CUPE). "Negotiations went quite well. We worked on a lot of problems that surfaced in recent years such as the movement of staff that was very difficult for the employer to manage. We came up with solutions that provided some framework," says Marie- Claude Lessard, CUPE repre- sentative. Both parties negotiated two days of paid family leave and a clause that would help limit contracting out, which will en- able the workers to study the contracts in committee to bring the work back in-house, while being competitive and provid- ing quality work, says CUPE. A clause calling for training for certain positions requiring greater precision or knowledge was also obtained for the mem- bers, says the union. Tentative contract for Parks Canada employees OTTAWA — The Public Ser- vice Alliance of Canada (PSAC) reached a tentative agreement on Sept. 4 that includes a com- petitive economic increase, greater parity with the core public service, no concessions and improved working condi- tions and job security. Workers at Parks Canada will also be awarded the Phoe- nix damages settlement to compensate for the suffering caused by the broken pay sys- tem. The bargaining team suc- cessfully secured fair wage in- creases averaging 2.11 per cent per year. The employees will receive 2.8 per cent in the first year, 2.2 per cent in the second year and 1.35 per cent in the fi- nal year, says PSAC. 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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