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October 5, 2020

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Procor Edmonton sign 3-year agreement EDMONTON — On Sept. 20, Unifor members at Procor ratified a three-year collective agreement. "Rail workers like these members at Procor maintain Canada's essential rail traffic through these tough times and keep product moving to mar- ket," says Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. The collective agreement in- cludes a wage increase of 5.75 per cent over the three years, as well as increases to shift dif- ferentials and safety boot al- lowances, says the union. The bargaining committee also secured monetary in- creases and increased cover- age under the company's ben- efit plans, says Unifor. 3-year deals at Canadian nuclear lab CHALK RIVER, Ont. – Work- ers at Canadian Nuclear Labo- ratories (CNL) in Chalk River, Ont. approved three-year col- lective agreements on Sept. 24 that provide annual two-per- cent wage increases retroactive to June 30, 2019, when previous contracts expired. "Our members do impor- tant work supporting and maintaining safety in Cana- da's nuclear industry. They have been extremely patient in negotiations that experi- enced delays mainly due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," says Marty War- ren, Ontario-Atlantic direc- tor of the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents the CNL employees. Two contracts, one for of- fice and clerical workers and the other for utility and con- tamination monitors, will be in place until 2022, and in- clude improvements to con- tract language, says the union. The 300 members of USW, Local 4096 reviewed the deal via video conference and cast their ballots electronically. "Like everything else in these times, the union has to adapt while at the same time ensur- ing democracy in negotiations and ratification," says Warren. Township workers join CUPE KEENE, Ont. — The Ontario Labour Relations Board cer- tified the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as the union for workers at the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan in Keene, Ont. on Sept. 25. The certification for this group of 23 workers had been delayed since May because of objections raised by the em- ployer, all of which were ulti- mately dismissed by the La- bour Board, says the union. "It's been a long road, and the unusual challenges have only strengthened the group," says Kristy Davidson, CUPE representative who is involved in the drive. "Now we can get down to the important work of negotiating a historic first col- lective agreement." New contract signed with Dominion Sample MONTREAL – International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) members at Local 1660 in Montreal voted overwhelm- ingly to accept a five-year con- tract with Dominion Sample on Sept. 23. 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