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October 18, 2021

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New deal for Ontario Food Basics workers TORONTO — Ontario Food Basics workers voted 88 per cent to ratify a new collective agreement on Oct. 7 that pro- tects and grows full-time jobs, secures wage and benefit in- creases and extends the health benefit plan for part-time workers. "There was a lot at stake, as these were the first negotia- tions between Unifor and Food Basics parent company Metro since the pandemic started," says national president Jerry Dias. "The bargaining commit- tee secured an agreement that moves forward on key union priorities, including secur- ing and adding more full-time jobs." The new four-year collective agreement covers more than 1,400 employees at 20 Food Ba- sics stores across Ontario, says the union. The new collective agree- ment includes wage increases for full- and part-time workers — with full back pay — and also the elimination of part-time wage tiers, the extension of a health benefit plan for part- time workers and improved optical plan for full-time and part-time plan members, says Unifor. Historic first contract for university dons TORONTO — University of Toronto residence dons achieved a historic collective agreement on Oct. 12, which is the first of its kind at the uni- versity. "The collective agreement brings fairness, equity and a real voice in the workplace that were long overdue for a unique group of workers," says Col- leen Burke, president of the United Steelworkers (USW), Local 1998, which represents the residence dons as well as thousands of other University of Toronto employees. The residence dons act as a resource for students in uni- versity residences and are responsible for community development, social and edu- cational programming, crisis intervention, referrals, policy enforcement and residents' overall well-being. The dons are also university students who live in the same residences as the students they serve. The three-year agreement — which runs until the end of 2024 — covers dozens of dons at four University of Toronto Colleges: Innis, New College, University College and Wood- sworth, says the union. The dons voted to join the The most reliable source of news and insights for Canada's labour professionals www.hrreporter.com/labour/news USW in 2020, and then per- severed through a challenging bargaining process that was prolonged and complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, says Burke. Simon Fraser students ratify deal BURNABY, B.C. — The Simon Fraser Student Society and the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE) ratified a new five-year collective agreement on Oct. 7 for staff at the student society. The new agreement elimi- nates a two-tier wage structure and will ensure every CUPE member at the society will be guaranteed a living wage by 2023, says CUPE. "Two-tier wages have no place in the workplace. I want to congratulate our members and thank the student society for working with us in addressing this inequity," says Fiona Brady Lenfesty, president of CUPE, Local 3338. "This agreement is a prime example of what col- laborative bargaining can yield: concrete improvements for workers." The collective agreement was reached after a year of ne- gotiations. It includes a two- per-cent wage increase in each year of the agreement and im- proved access to benefits for all workers, says the union. 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