Canadian Labour Reporter

April 26, 2021

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PM #40065782 A SASKATCHEWAN employ- er had just cause to terminate a worker with absenteeism issues even though the worker had a medical condition, an arbitrator has ruled. Celestino De Pedro, 47, worked for the University of Saskatch- ewan in Saskatoon. Hired in 2011, he became a building ser- vices technician in the facilities management division in 2013. In 2016, De Pedro injured his knee, had to take time off and received workers' compensation benefits. In the fall of 2018, De Pedro be- gan experiencing flareups of gout Budtenders join Workers at non-profit Victoria cannabis dispensary unionize with UFCW DAIRY PRODUCTION Lactalis Canada Lethbridge, Alta. (29 dairy production employees) and Teamsters, Local 987 Renewal agreement: Effective May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2026. Ratified on Dec. 3, 2020. Signed on Feb. 10, 2021. Wage adjustments: Effective May 1, 2020: 1% Shift premium: $1 per hour (previously $0.95 per hour) for all hours of regular daily shift worked prior to 7 a.m. or after 6 p.m. (shift differential see Collective agreements > pg. 3 Photo: JHVEPhoto (iStock) see Saskatoon > pg.8 LCBO worker's 10-day suspension reduced after physical altercation with customer AN ONTARIO arbitrator has ruled that a 10-day suspension to a liquor store worker for her part in an altercation with a violent customer was exces- sive. Terri LeBlanc was a customer service representa- tive (CSR) for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Hired in 2010, she worked on a casual ba- sis in an LCBO retail store. The LCBO had policies on dealing with violent customers and potential theft of merchandise and employees were trained to keep a safe distance and to never physically engage or detain an individual, in order to avoid injuries to employees and customers. On Aug. 8, 2019, a customer trying to purchase alcohol was asked by another LCBO employee for identification, as the customer looked young. The customer resisted and became angry. Things es- calated and the customer punched the employee. That employee and another employee physically wrestled the troublesome customer to the ground April 26, 2021 see Employee> pg.8 London Transit Commission — Ontario pg. 3 Saskatoon Airport Authority — Saskatchewan pg. 4 The Heartland Retirement Residence — Alberta pg.5 University of Guelph — Ontario pg.6 Agrifoods International Cooperative — Alberta pg.7 Photo: AYEHAB (iStock) GRIEVANCE HANDLING DURING A PANDEMIC A Special One-Day Strategic Grievance Handling Workshop Fall programs & dates now available. Visit us at: https://irc.queensu.ca Register today! May 14, 2021 (10am-4pm ET) - still a few seats left! July 16, 2021 (10am-4pm ET) late April/May 2021.qxp_Layout 1 2021-04-23 12:18 PM Page 1 ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS pg. 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Persistent absenteeism becomes permanent fact

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