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September 5, 2016

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OPSEU, staff union ratify contract TORONTO — The Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU) and the Ontario Pub- lic Service Staff Union (OPSSU) have ratified a new three-year collective agreement. The agreement, reached after a strike deadline set for 12:01 a.m., Aug. 25, was ratified by OPSSU members on Aug. 28 and by the OPSEU executive board Aug. 29. OPSEU staff work at 20 re- gional offices around Ontario and at two head office sites. First Nations police service set to strike THUNDER BAY, Ont. — A strike could soon hit Northern Ontario communities served by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Ser- vice (NAPS). The Public Service Alliance of Canada's (PSAC) negotiators re- cently met with a conciliator to work out an agreement. A deal could not be reached and PSAC asked the Ontario La- bour Relations Board to file a no- board report, allowing for a legal strike or lock-out within 17 days, according to the union. Several key issues remain in- cluding the safety of officers who often work alone in remote loca- tions of the province, often with- out backup. "Low staffing levels and out- dated equipment put officers in danger, along with the commu- nities they service", said Jason Storkson, a police officer and lo- cal union president. NAPS officers have been try- ing to enforce an arbitrator's 2015 decision, so salaries would come in line with OPP counterparts. NAPS officers are calling for in- creased staffing and want health and safety issues addressed. The police officers provide culturally sensitive policing ser- vices in 35 First Nation commu- nities from Thunder Bay to Hud- son's Bay. Legal Aid Ontario agrees to bargain TORONTO — Following a pres- sure campaign, Legal Aid On- tario (LAO) agreed to negotiate with the public lawyers' union of choice, the Society of Energy Pro- fessionals. The union and LAO will dis- cuss recognition of the society as bargaining agent for Legal Aid lawyers, and to establish a frame- work for collective bargaining. "Thirty-nine months of show- ing our employer and the pro- vincial government how com- mitted we are to forming a union is finally paying off," said Dana Fisher, a Legal Aid Ontario staff lawyer. In recent weeks, Legal Aid lawyers and the society in- creased pressure on premier Kathleen Wynne's government to stop discrimination against these lawyers, according to the union. A series of protests at Liberal fundraisers and outside key min- isters' Liberal constituency of- fices generated public awareness and media coverage. LABOUR BRIEFS 2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2016 FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 www.labour-reporter.com Published weekly by omson Reuters Canada Ltd. Subscription rate: $595 per year Customer Service Tel: (416) 609-3800 (Toronto) (800) 387-5164 (outside Toronto) Fax: (416) 298-5106 Email: carswell.customerrelations@ thomsonreuters.com Website: www.carswell.com Director, Carswell Media Karen Lorimer Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Todd Humber Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 649-7896 sarah.dobson@thomsonreuters.com News Editor John Dujay | (416) 298-5129 john.dujay@thomsonreuters.com Contributing Editor Jeff rey R. Smith Marketing Co-ordinator Keith Fulford | (416) 649-9585 keith.fulford@thomsonreuters.com © 2016 Carswell, a division of omson Reuters Canada Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher. e publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice. If legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. e analysis contained herein represents the opinion of the authors and should in no way be construed as being either offi cial or unoffi cial policy of any governmental body. ISSN 0045-5113 Publications Registration 2089 Canadian Labour Reporter is part of the Canadian HR Reporter group of publications. Visit www.hrreporter.com for more information. Labour Reporter Canadian www.labour-reporter.com Photo: Guillermo Granja (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A demonstrator blows a horn in Quito, Ecuador, as teachers and students stage a protest on Aug. 25 against the government's decision to dissolve Ecuador's National Union of Educators.

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