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August 2, 2021

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Bell Media workers ratify deals TORONTO — Workers at Bell Media outlets across Canada ratified collective agreements on July 27 containing improve- ments after committing to co- ordinated bargaining across several Unifor locals. "Workers in different parts of the country, doing very differ- ent jobs but united by similar workplace issues and a common employer came together and stuck together," says Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. The group included Local 614-M at Bell Media Montreal, Local 79-M at CTV in Toronto, Local 827-M in Terrace, B.C., Local 87-M in London, Ont., Local 715-M in Ottawa, Local 723-M at CFRB radio in Toron- to, Local 714-M in Barrie, Ont., and Local 720-M national cam- era operators. As part of the effort, first col- lective agreements were nego- tiated at CFRB Newstalk 1010 and broadcast coordinators with 79-M, says the union. CFRB workers were able to address wage inequities in the workplace. Broadcaster coor- dinators at CTV Toronto were integrated into the 79-M Bell Media collective agreement and its mature benefits and industry standard wage adjustments and increases, says Unifor. Library employees get 3-year contract VANCOUVER — The Cana- dian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 391 members who work at Vancouver Public Library (VPL) ratified a three- year agreement with the em- ployer on July 21. The settlement followed a bargaining that concluded on July 6. The VPL board and the City of Vancouver have also ratified the new agreement, says the union. "New provisions for cultural leave, Indigenous representation, and trans-affirming care leave are a positive step in recognizing and supporting the diversity of our membership, and will serve as building blocks for future bar- gaining rounds," says Kari Scott- Whyte, CUPE 391 president. The agreement — retroac- tive to Jan. 1, 2020 — remains in effect until December 31, 2022. The compensation pack- age was structured to be inclu- sive of part-time and auxiliary workers, a priority for the local as almost half of the member- ship do not have the security of a full-time position. The collec- tive agreement includes wage increases of two per cent each year as well as improvements to Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 lay-off provisions, says CUPE. CUPE 391 represents more than 750 employees at Vancou- ver Public Library. Workers ratify extension at Ciment Québec SAINT-BASILE, Que. – Mem- bers of the United Steelworkers (USW) at Ciment Québec in Saint-Basile, Que., voted in fa- vour of a three-year extension of their collective agreement, to 2029. "The strong demand for ce- ment, the shortage of skilled la- bour and an investment project are the factors that led to this extension," says Gaétan Paquet, USW, Local 9232 president. The contract extension pro- vides for wage increases of 3.3 per cent in 2027, 3.4 per cent in 2028 and 3.5 per cent in 2029, says the union. Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, em- ployees in pay grades 7 and 8 will receive wage adjustments ranging from $3 per hour to $5 per hour, respectively. The con- tract provides for a $1-per-hour bonus for employees with a col- lege diploma relevant to their job functions, effective Jan. 1, 2022, says USW. All 123 union members also receive a $1,500 signing bo- nus. www.hrreporter.com/subscribe 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. 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