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October 12, 2020

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PM #40065782 AN ONTARIO company could lay off a union steward who wasn't properly appointed under the col- lective agreement rules, an arbi- trator has ruled. Quality Sterling Group (QSG) is a flooring contractor for resi- dential construction projects in Ontario. It had a collective agree- ment with a provision recogniz- ing a union steward appointed by the union. The steward had to have "a regular employment/sub- contracting relationship with the company" and the union could New deal in Ontario MDA workers to receive seven- per-cent wage hikes, cost-of- living allowance in first year PHARMACEUTICALS Catalent Ontario Strathroy, Ont. (195 pharmaceutical manufacturing employees) and Unifor, Local 27 Renewal agreement: Effec- tive March 10, 2019 to March 10, 2023. Ratified in March 2019. Signed on March 27, 2019. Wage adjustments: Effective March 10, 2019: 6% Effective March 10, 2020: 2.8% Effective March 10, 2021: 2.8% see Collective agreements > pg. 3 Photo: baranozdemir (iStock) see Collective> pg. 8 see Worker> pg.8 B.C. forklift driver unfairly lumped in with discipline for bullying coworker A BRITISH Columbia arbitrator has reduced the suspension of a worker who was involved in an in- cident where bullying comments were made about and to a colleague. Chris Klapatiuk was a warehouse forklift driver for Cariboo Pulp and Paper, a paper mill in Ques- nel, B.C., since 2009. On Aug. 22, 2019, a female coworker told Klapatiuk to "hot load" pulp that was stacked flat in sheets onto rail cars because Cari- boo's shipping was behind schedule. "Hot load" meant that the pulp was moved directly from the production line to rail cars without storing it first. Klapatiuk didn't want to do a hot load and told the coworker it was difficult, as they would have to put the pulp down, pick it up from the other side, and then load two rail cars. The coworker said that the quality control supervisor — who was also fe- male — wanted it shipped and Klapatiuk responded by commenting "that bitch." About one hour later, the quality control supervisor Diamond International Trucks — Alberta pg. 3 Shaw Communications — British Columbia pg. 4 McKenzie Towne Continuing Care — Alberta pg.5 The Master Insulators' Association of Ontario — Ontario pg.6 Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education — Alberta pg.7 October 13, 2020 Remote Learning Options Now Available! Building Trust in the Workplace / Sep. 15-18, 2020 (half days) Labour Relations Foundations / Sep. 21-25, 2020 (full days) Strategies for Workplace Conicts / Oct. 26-29, 2020 (half days) More programs & dates available. Visit us at: irc.queensu.ca Register today! SEPT 2020.qxp_Layout 1 2020-08-19 1:35 PM Page 1 ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS pg. 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Double-dipping appointment can't prevent worker's layoff

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