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November 23, 2020

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Cerumqui consedi seraectis eos magnisi nvenihi lliquist qui accum de pres experis testior eperest volorum quatat. 123 Queen Street Suite 101 Toronto, Ontario M1P 1M1 Canada Phone: (416) 111-2222 E: Info@companyname.ca www.website.ca Company Name Company Logo 2 0 1 9 READERS' WINNER CHOICE Dominion workers ratify contract ST. JOHN'S — Dominion workers ratified a new collec- tive agreement on Nov. 13, ending a 12-week-long strike action at stores across New- foundland and Labrador. "These workers were the first to undertake meaningful strike action to draw attention to a business model in Cana- dian retail that fails workers," says Jerry Dias, Unifor nation- al president. "While improve- ments were obtained, we know there is still more work to do at Dominion and the other gro- cery giants in this country to address wages and precarious work and Unifor will perse- vere in that effort." The new four-year contract, back-dated to October 2019, covers more than 1,400 em- ployees at 11 Dominion loca- tions in Newfoundland and Labrador, says the union. Blaisdale Montessori workers strike PICKERING, Ont. — Cana- dian Union of Public Employ- ees (CUPE), Local 5257 mem- bers at Blaisdale Montessori School — with seven campus- es throughout Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, and Bowmanville, in Ontario — went on strike on Nov. 16. "Teachers and support staff at Blaisdale Montessori School are disappointed that the employer would not bring forward a fair contract after months of negotiations and several strike deadline exten- sions," says Sara Lorne, CUPE, Local 5257 president. "More than 55 per cent of workers at Blaisdale Montessori School earn minimum wage and the employer refuses to offer any wage improvements for the first two years of the agree- ment." The workers — who have been without a contract since Aug. 31, 2019 — voted over- whelmingly to commence job action following a series of unsuccessful contract nego- tiation meetings with the em- ployer, says the union. "Our goal is to minimize service disruption and keep kids in class so that parents can focus on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic," says Lorne. In the current round of nego- tiations, the union is aiming to make gains for the large cohort of staff who currently earn min- imum wage and keep annual wage improvements in line with the cost of living, says CUPE. Metro Mérite workers sign contract MONTREAL – After a dif- ficult bargaining process re- quiring about 30 meetings, hundreds of United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), Local 501 members working at the Metro Mérite warehouse in the Rivière- des-Prairies area of Montreal achieved a new union contract on Nov. 16. The four-year, retroactive collective agreement provides wage increases of 3.5 per cent for 2019 and two per cent for 2020, 2021, and 2022, offered to all staff working as order handlers, forklift operators and loading and receiving em- ployees, says UFCW. All employees will receive a signing bonus of $500 for reg- ular employees, and $0.25 per hour worked in the 52 weeks prior to the signing of the col- lective agreement, for part- time and casual employees, says the union. The employer will also be creating 10 new regular night shift relief warehouse attendant positions, and the employer will participate in labour relations committee meetings on a monthly basis, says UFCW. There will also be a volun- tary termination of employ- ment programs between Feb. 14, 2021 and March 11, 2023, for maximum of 16 regular employees. The program will consist of $1,000 per year of seniority for the first 15 years and $1,300 for each additional year of seniority. As well, a lump sum payment equivalent to four weeks' salary will be of- fered, says the union. Part-time employees can now receive a second pair of safety boots, says UFCW. FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 www.hrreporter.com/labour Subscription rate: $599 per year Customer Service subscriptions@kmimedia.ca President Tim Duce Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 330 sarah.dobson@keymedia.com News Editor John Dujay | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 321 john.dujay@keymedia.com Employment Law Editor Jeffrey R. Smith | (416) 644 8740 Ext. 319 jeffrey.r.smith@keymedia.com Business Development Manager Fred Crossley | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 236 fred.crossley@keymedia.com NAUK Subscriptions Coordinator Donnabel Reyes | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 243 donnabel.reyes@keymedia.com ©2020 HAB Press Limited All rights reserved. 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