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June 14, 2021

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PM #40065782 AN ONTARIO arbitrator has upheld a worker's three-day sus- pension for damaging employer property, despite the fact the worker was later diagnosed with PTSD. The worker was a staff sergeant employed as an operational man- ager with the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General at the Thor- old, Ont., Detention Centre (TDC). In 2018, the worker began ex- periencing difficulty sleeping, mood swings, hypervigilance and a short temper. In the summer of 2018, he suffered an adverse emo- tional reaction when a coworker New agreement Despite provincial wage mandate legislation, Manitoba school workers get raises in contract EDUCATION Brock University St. Catharines, Ont. (2,100 graduate student instructors and teaching assistants) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 4207, Unit 1 Renewal agreement: Effective Sept. 7, 2019 to Sept. 6, 2022. Ratified in November 2020. Signed on Oct. 2, 2020. Wage adjustments: Effective Sept. 1, 2019: 0.4% Effective Sept. 1, 2020: 1% Effective Sept. 1, 2021: 1% Paid holidays: 10 days. see Collective agreements > pg. 3 see No link > pg.8 Arbitrator upholds 3- day suspension for COVID-19 protocol insubordination A NEW Brunswick worker's suspension for insub- ordination has been upheld by an arbitrator as a le- gitimate discipline under the collective agreement. Kevin Cook was a labourer/operator in the pub- lic works department with the Town of Quispamsis, N.B. In March 2020, the town started implementing safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pan- demic. On March 30, Cook woke up feeling sick, so he called the province's "tele-care services" line. He also texted his supervisor to say he wasn't coming to work because he wasn't feeling well. The town's HR manager decided to call Cook and go over the COVID-19 screening questions to see if he had any symptoms. If he did, the town would have to identify any employees who had been in con- tact with him and send them home to isolate. Cook would also have to receive a negative test result be- fore returning to work. June 14, 2021 see Shop > pg.8 City of Lethbridge — Alberta pg. 3 HyLife Foods — Manitoba pg. 4 O'Connor Electric — Ontario pg.5 Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta — Alberta pg.6 Chatham-Kent Health Alliance — Ontario pg.7 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 PTSD diagnosis doesn't get Ontario worker out of discipline

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