Canadian Labour Reporter

March 22, 2021

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PM #40065782 A BRITISH Columbia worker is entitled to paid bereavement leave to attend a ceremony in which she would spread her fa- ther's ashes, even though her fa- ther died more than one month earlier when she was on layoff and not actively working, an arbitra- tor has ruled. B.C. School District No. 27 employed the worker as a school secretary at Cataline Elementary School in Williams Lake, B.C. The worker was originally hired in 2007 on a casual basis before obtaining a full-time position. However, her full-time position VIA deal ratified About 1,700 workers agree to new contract with VIA Rail that includes wage hikes for all GOVERNMENT Government of Ontario Provincewide, Ontario (610 engineers) and the Professional Engineers Government of Ontario (PEGO) Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2022. Signed on Jan. 23, 2020. Wage adjustments: Effective Jan. 1, 2019: 1% Effective Jan. 1, 2020: 1% Effective Jan. 1, 2021: 1% Effective Jan. 1, 2022: 1% Paid holidays: 12 days. see Collective agreements > pg. 3 see School > pg.8 Ontario driver's firing upheld after failed blood-alcohol examination AN ONTARIO arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a propane truck driver who showed up for work after too much imbibing the night before. The worker drove a propane truck for Superior Propane, a propane gas supplier based in Missis- sauga, Ont., out of the company's Invermere, Ont., location. The position was safety-sensitive — there was a risk of fire and explosion from the propane gas — and Superior trained the worker on its fit- for-duty policy, which required him to regulate his alcohol consumption so there was no risk of impair- ment at work. The worker had three instances of discipline in 2018 — a 40-hour suspension in February for deceit and falsifying records, a written reprimand in Sep- tember for failing to comply with accident report- ing and safety procedures, and a three-shift suspen- sion with a final warning in November for using a cellphone while driving. On Sept. 13, 2019, the worker started his shift at March 22, 2021 see Worker> pg. 8 Saputo Dairy Products Canada (Calgary Cheese) — Alberta pg. 3 British Columbia Sheet Metal Association — British Columbia pg. 4 Aviscar — Ontario pg.5 Town of Three Hills — Alberta pg.6 Afton Park Place Long Term Care Community — Ontario pg.7 Photo: Colin Temple (iStock) Upcoming 2021 Virtual Labour Relations Programs Strategies for Workplace Conicts / Feb. 23-26 (11:30am-5pm ET) Change Management / Mar. 9-12 (12pm-4pm ET) Mastering Fact-Finding & Investigation / Apr. 19-23 (10am-4:30pm ET) More programs & dates available. Visit us at: irc.queensu.ca Register today! FEB 2021.qxp_Layout 1 2021-01-27 11:09 AM Page 1 ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS pg. 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Leave timing not restricted absent language in agreement

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