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December 7, 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 Blaisdale staff ratify contract PICKERING, Ont. — Cana- dian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 5257 members — who are teachers and sup- port staff at Blaisdale Montes- sori School — ratified a new collective agreement on Nov. 30 ending a two-week-long strike across five campuses in Ontario, including Ajax, Oshawa, Bow- manville, and Pickering. "These workers took a mean- ingful stand for a fair contract that raises the bar for every- one, especially the 55 per cent of members who were earning minimum wage," says Candace Rennick, secretary treasurer of CUPE Ontario. The new five-year collec- tive agreement — backdated to August 2019 — includes up to a 7.72-per-cent wage improve- ment for members who earn close to minimum wage, and further wage improvements av- eraging 2.5 per cent each year of the collective agreement, says the union. WestRock workers ratify, ending lockout POINTE-AUX-TREMBLES, Que. — Local 245 members of Unifor Quebec at WestRock in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que. vot- ed 86 per cent to ratify an agree- ment reached on Nov. 26, ending a lockout that began Sept. 30. "After nearly eight weeks of conflict, we were finally able to find a common ground that satisfies both parties," says Joël Vigeant, Unifor national repre- sentative. The previous collective agree- ment expired on May 1, 2019. The new collective agreement expires on April 30, 2025, says Unifor. Employees achieved several gains, including an increase in the employer's contribution to health/paramedical and den- tal insurance, an increase in the maximum amounts payable for LTD benefits, an increase in life insurance coverage and a salary increase of 13 per cent over the term of the collective agreement for all employees, including ret- roactivity from May 1, 2019, says the union. The WestRock plant em- ploys more than 50 employees who produce cardboard used in the food industry, including packaging for bacon and card- board cups for hot and cold beverages. Varsteel employees join USW KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Work- ers at Varsteel in Kamloops, B.C. voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union on Nov. 27. "As we work through the eco- nomic challenges of the pan- demic, more than ever workers — like the ones at Varsteel in Kamloops — need unions and USW will be there to welcome them into our union," says Ste- phen Hunt, USW director for Western Canada. In seeking representation from the union, workers cited the need to have a meaningful, collective voice in addressing is- sues and concerns regarding the work they perform. Those issues include health and safety, wages, benefits and working condi- tions, says USW. The workers joined the USW after colleagues in Chermainus, B.C. successfully voted to join the union, says the union. Varsteel manufactures re- bar, pipe and piling, aluminum, stainless, plasma cutting, flame cutting and plate shearing. New deal for Candelaria mine workers TORONTO — Lundin Mining ratified a new 35-month collec- tive agreement on Nov. 27 with the Candelaria Mine Workers Union, which represents about 350 workers at its Candelaria operation in Chile. As part of the collective bar- gaining cycle, agreements have been reached this year with all five unions representing em- ployees at the Candelaria Cop- per Mining Complex, says the company. 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