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December 13, 2021

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Cargill workers avoid strike HIGH RIVER, Alta. – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 401 members at Cargill in High River, Alta. vot- ed in favour of a new collective agreement on Dec. 7 that makes significant gains while avoiding a strike at one of country's largest beef processing facilities. "With chaos swirling about, it often felt like members were be- ing treated like lightbulbs: you burn out and the forces of greed and power simply screw in an- other bulb," says Thomas Hesse, UFCW, Local 401 president. "But our members have demon- strated that the vulnerability of the individual is overcome by the strength of the many and by this victory we can see there is hope." The new contract brings health and safety improve- ments to a facility that has been at the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreaks in Alberta. The new contract also secures wage and benefit increases, sick-leave pro- visions and enhanced grievance protocols, says UFCE. Clean Harbors workers ratify agreement SARNIA, Ont. — Unifor, Lo- cal 914 members voted 97 per cent in favour of a new four-year collective agreement on Dec. 6, ending a two-week strike at the Clean Harbors waste treatment facility in Sarnia, Ont. The workers went on strike Nov. 22, over concerns about gender equality, wages, and health and safety, says Unifor. The new agreement includes a 10-per-cent increase over the life of the agreement, along with improved benefits, and stronger language for modified work, ac- commodation and training, says the union. New deal for Quebec municipal staff BEAUCE-SARTIGAN, Que. — Beauce-Sartigan Regional County Municipality and the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE), Local 3590 ratified a new five-year collective agreement on Dec. 7, which cov- ers 35 employees. The union voted 91 per cent in favour of the tentative agree- ment presented in November, says the union. The contract calls for total wage increases of 13 per cent, significant improvements to work schedules, the introduc- tion of clauses on teleworking and several other enhance- ments, says CUPE. "Negotiations were respect- ful and cordial. We believe these wage hikes will preserve the pur- chasing power of the member- ship in spite of the sharp increase in the Consumer Price Index," says Mario Jean, CUPE union representative. The most reliable source of news and insights for Canada's labour professionals www.hrreporter.com/labour/news The Beauce-Sartigan region is located in the south end of the Chaudière-Appalaches region. The union represents admin- istrative assistants, appraisers, civil engineers, development of- ficers and planners. Ecojustice employees agree to contract TORONTO — International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Lo- cal 1922 members employed by Ecojustice in Toronto ratified a new agreement on Dec. 2. The three-year agreement now includes the National Day of Truth and Reconcilia- tion as a paid holiday and in- troduces language to provide paid domestic violence leave and improvements to preg- nancy and parental leave as well as general wage increases in each year of the agreement, says IAM. "This collective agreement in- cludes several language changes which support a more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace for our members," says Kim Val- liere, directing business repre- sentative. Ecojustice is an environmen- tal law charity and is represented by the IAM at its Toronto office. Members include staff scien- tists, office and communications managers, paralegals, commu- nications and grant writer, says the union. 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