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October 4, 2021

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Tentative agreement reached at Brinks TORONTO — Unifor negoti- ated a tentative collective agree- ment on Sept. 28 with Brinks Canada on behalf of more than 191 workers in British Columbia and 730 workers in Ontario. In 2017, Unifor negotiated a common expiry date of Aug. 26, 2021, for Brinks members in three bargaining regions con- sisting of British Columbia, Ot- tawa Region and the remainder of Ontario, says the union. "Aligning our Brinks' units strengthened our bargaining committee's ability to address geographical inequities and other issues though a pattern and to continue efforts to raise standards in this rapidly chang- ing industry," says Tim Mitchell, Unifor national representative. Swoop attendants ratify contract CALGARY — Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) flight attendants working at Swoop in Calgary, signed off on their first collective bargaining agreement on Sept. 25. The five-year agreement in- cludes wage improvements and progress towards industry-stan- dard scheduling and pay rules, says CUPE. "Reaching this deal was not easy in light of the circumstances caused by the global pandemic. Ratification of this deal is proof positive that certifying with CUPE has been instrumental in our members' pursuit of fair working conditions," says Chris Rauenbusch, CUPE 4070 presi- dent. CUPE represents more than 200 flight attendants at Swoop. The parties had been engaged in collective bargaining towards a first union contract since Febru- ary 2020, says the union. CBSA employees ratify agreement OTTAWA — Public Service Al- liance of Canada (PSAC) mem- bers in the border services bar- gaining unit voted in favour of the tentative agreement on Sept. 23 with the Canada Border Ser- vices Agency (CBSA). "This agreement is a testa- ment to the incredible hard work and dedication of our bargaining team who worked around the clock to reach a deal," says Chris Aylward, PSAC national presi- dent. The group represents more than 8,500 CBSA employees. The new contract is a four-year agreement from 2018 to 2022 with a total increase in wages of more than eight per cent, says Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 the union. The deal includes better pro- tections against excessive disci- pline in the workplace, a com- mitment to tackle workplace culture problems and improve- ments to leave and other allow- ances. It also addresses the long- standing issue of meal-period compensation for uniformed officers, says PSAC. "Finally — after three years of negotiations — we've resolved longstanding issues that will go a long way towards making CBSA a better, safer place to work for our members," says Mark Weber, CIU national president. Social service workers join UFCW WINNIPEG — Workers at the Immigrant and Refugee Com- munity Organization of Manito- ba (IRCOM) in Winnipeg are the newest members of United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), Local 832 after voting to join the union on Sept. 16. The employees at IRCOM as- sist and support newcomers to Canada. Their work includes a wide variety of services, includ- ing transitional housing, Eng- lish as an additional language, access to community services, childcare, and how to navigate provincial and federal social ser- vices, says the union. 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