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August 30, 2021

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Ontario colleges, OPSEU ratify contract TORONTO — College part- time support staff employees voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement on Aug. 18, says the College Em- ployer Council (CEC). Voting was conducted vir- tually and 89.4 per cent voted in favour of ratifying the new terms. This three-year agreement was achieved through bargain- ing over just two days at the vir- tual table, says CEC. "Colleges are dedicated to maintaining a positive work- ing relationship with [their] part-time support staff, many of which are students" says Pascal Bessette, management bargain- ing chair, vice-president of hu- man resources and organiza- tional culture at La Cité College in Ottawa. Changes to the agreement in- clude an increased recall period, decreased probationary time and a one-per-cent raise in total com- pensation, says the employer. USW, AltaSteel reach deal EDMONTON — Members of the United Steelworkers (USW), Local 5220 ratified their new tentative agreement reached with AltaSteel in Ed- monton on Aug. 18. The employees had been working without a contract since the previous collective agreement expired on July 31, says the union. The agreement gives the membership increases in wages, benefits and a defined- benefit pension. It also extends increases to retirees. "AltaSteel has navigated the downturn without resorting to layoffs and this agreement sets a positive future for our mem- bers," says Paul Perreault, USW, Local 5220 president. "The new ownership is looking to make serious capital investments over the next four years and the term of the agreement provides job certainty and stability for the membership and the company." AltaSteel specializes in mini- mill steel manufacturing based in Japan. Kyoei Steel currently owns and operates mini-mills in Canada, the U.S., Japan and Vietnam. Groupe Lacasse workers join UFCW MONTREAL — Manufactur- ing workers at Groupe Lacasse in Montreal joined the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), Local 1991P af- ter receiving certification from the Administrative Labour Tri- bunal (TAT) on Aug. 16. "By choosing to join the union, these workers change the balance of power towards building a strong and united Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 voice when negotiating," says Mario Maisonneuve, president of UFCW 1991P. The new members work in the office chair manufacturing division and joined the union to improve wages, scheduling and working conditions, says UFCW. Workers ratify first deal with WestJet Encore CALGARY — Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) cabin crew members working at WestJet Encore in Calgary signed off on their first collec- tive bargaining agreement on Aug. 14. Members ratified the agree- ment that was reached in July. The five-year agreement in- cludes wage improvements and momentum towards industry- standard scheduling and pay rules, says the union. "This is the first-ever collec- tive agreement for our member- ship at WestJet Encore. Ratifica- tion of this deal is proof positive that certifying with CUPE has been instrumental in our mem- bers' pursuit of fair working con- ditions," says Chris Rauenbusch, CUPE 4070 president. CUPE represents more than 650 cabin crew employees at WestJet Encore. 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