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September 27, 2021

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Ontario library workers join CUPE BRADFORD WEST GWIL- LIMBURY, Ont. — Library workers in Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ont. became the newest members of the Cana- dian Union of Public Employ- ees (CUPE), following a vote on Sept. 15. "This is a group of workers who got together and decided it was time to make positive changes in their workplace," says Craig Saunders, a CUPE representative who has been involved in the organizing drive. "They're very passion- ate about their work and want to make changes that will im- prove staff retention and li- brary services." Globe and Mail workers ratify deal TORONTO – Hours away from a midnight strike deadline, workers at The Globe and Mail in Toronto nearly unanimously voted to ratify a new three-year deal on Sept. 16. "Globe members produce some of greatest journalism in the world, but journalistic ex- cellence cannot be created on a shoestring," says Paul Morse, Unifor, Local 87-M president. "In an era of wage freezes in media, we're pleased we've been able to make wage gains, along with improvements in other ar- eas." Gains made include a two- per-cent increase to all wage scales and all salaries up to $150,000, retroactive to July 1. Beginning July 1, 2022, employ- ees will also receive a one-per- cent increase on all wage scales and another one-per-cent in- crease on all wage scales effec- tive July 1, 2023, says Unifor . The new deal also delivers improvements to mental health benefits, eliminates a previous claw-back on maternity leave top-up and secures an allow- ance for home-office expenses, says the union. The term of the new agree- ment is effective until June 30, 2024. ABI ends court appeal affecting students BÉCANCOUR, Que. — ABI will not appeal to the Supreme Court to challenge a ruling by Quebec's Court of Appeal that students should be paid the same as other employees if they are performing equivalent work at the aluminum smelter in Bé- cancour, Que., says the United Steelworkers (USW). On June 17, the Court of Ap- Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 peal confirmed a decision by Quebec's Human Rights Tribu- nal that ABI's student employ- ees were discriminated against under the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, says the union. The student workers were be- ing paid 85 per cent of the wages of casual employees who were hired to perform equivalent tasks, says USW. ABI's decision to not pursue another appeal will allow the union and its members to put this discrimination practice be- hind them, says the union. Winnipeg school staff sign contract WINNIPEG — Custodial staff and educational assistants em- ployed by Hanover School Divi- sion (HSD) ratified new three- year collective agreements on Sept. 13. The employees had voted to strike at the end of July, but ongoing negotiations averted the need for a partial work stop- page, says CLAC, Local 306. "Striking is the last thing that anyone wanted, including the union," says Geoff Dueck Thies- sen, CLAC Winnipeg regional director. "However, at the time, it seemed there was no alterna- tive." 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