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October 12, 2020

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Federal operations workers ratify new contract OTTAWA — Public Service Al- liance of Canada (PSAC) mem- bers in the operational services bargaining unit voted in favour of their collective agreement on Oct. 5. The unit represents almost 10,000 federal public service workers. The new collective agreement covers the 2018- 2021 period and provides fair wages, no concessions and improved working conditions, says the union. "Thanks to their hard work and the solidarity shown by thousands of members across the country, we were able to negotiate a fair deal," says Chris Aylward, PSAC national presi- dent. "We're now in a strong position to build on these im- provements in the next round of bargaining." In the coming weeks, PSAC will meet with Treasury Board representatives to sign the new collective agreement. With the exception of monetary provi- sions, which are retroactive, new contract terms come into effect on the date of signing, says the union. The employer has 180 days from the signing of the con- tract to implement wage in- creases, wage adjustments and allowances. As explained in the ratification kits, in view of this extended implementation timeline, PSAC negotiated a $500 lump-sum payment into all contracts, says PSAC. MDA workers ratify new agreements BRAMPTON, Ont. — Workers at Unifor, Local 673 and Local 112 members ratified new col- lective agreements with MDA on Sept. 30 securing significant improvements in several areas including: wages, benefits, pen- sions, and sick days. "Our members working in a variety of analytical, techni- cal, administrative and other supporting roles contribute so much to make this cutting edge facility successful and it is im- portant that we secured these vital improvements to compen- sation and working conditions in this round of bargaining," says Maryellen McIlmoyle, president of Unifor Local 673. Under the new collective agreements, employees will re- ceive wage increases of seven per cent over the life of the three-year agreement includ- ing cost-of-living allowance in the first year. Gains were made to vision care, and language was improved as were provisions for special severance. Members' short- and long-term disability plan was also improved as was the DB pension plan which was increased by $2 per month per year of service, says the union. Unifor represents 28 mem- bers at MDA. Both locals ratified the agreements by 78 per cent and 100 per cent respectively. Employees at MDA support the design and manufacturing of advanced robotics, sensors, and payloads for industries including Canada's contribution to inter- national space exploration and research. Workers at Community Living Ontario join CUPE TORONTO — Workers at Community Living Ontario — a provincial association focused on advocating for the inclusion of individuals who have a devel- opmental disability — joined the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE) on Oct. 2. "This group is a natural fit with CUPE, and this decision will pro- vide a means to resolve issues and build a better workplace for everyone," says Kristy Davidson, a CUPE representative who helped the workers during the drive. "A workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and heard, is a more effective workplace, and that's important for people whose job is to support and advocate for individuals with disabilities." The workers approached CUPE to create change in their workplace, including creating a means to have open discussions with their employer without fear of reprisal. 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