Canadian Labour Reporter

August 20, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 Youth centre workers reject tentative deal HAMILTON, Ont. — Mem- bers of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), Local 216 working at the Arrell Youth Centre in Hamilton, Ont., rejected a tentative deal on Aug. 14, that had been reached on Aug. 11. After the employer didn't ne- gotiate for more than a month, a mediator was brought in to help, according to OPSEU. While some progress was achieved — including an agree- ment to implement a standard back-to-work protocol that guarantees no reprisals or disci- pline for employees upon their return to work — members re- mained concerned with the em- ployer's proposed benefits cut, said the union. "The CEO must accept full responsibility for this," said War- ren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president. "Taking a 20 per cent pay increase, while demanding your frontline staff pay more out of their own pocket for their health benefits, is cruel." CP employees ratify contract TORONTO — Canadian Media Guild (CMG) members working at the Canadian Press (CP) rati- fied a tentative agreement with CP. The ratification vote was held July 7 through July 9, and 92.4 per cent of ballots cast were in favour of the agreement, said the union. The tentative agreement is conditional on a successful merger with the jointly-spon- sored pension plan of the Colleg- es of Applied Arts and Technol- ogy (CAAT), according to CMG. If the merger is not success- ful, the parties will resume full bargaining for the renewal of the collective agreement. The terms include a one-year extension of the current collec- tive agreement until Dec. 31, 2019, a wage increase of one per cent at the date of merger, a contribution rate of seven per cent by the members (which is matched by the employer), a two per cent interest rate for 2019 for money owed by CP under the Employee Participa- tion Program (EPP) and an op- tion to start EPP payments in 2020 as buy-back of past pension service, upon terms to be nego- tiated between the parties, said the union. Nor-Pel workers in Cape Breton go on strike SYDNEY, N.S. — Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) who deliver parcels and shuttle mail in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, N.S., started a legal strike early on Aug. 8. The work stoppage comes af- ter their employer Nor-Pel — a contractor for Canada Post — didn't meet with the union to bargain a first contract, said the union. The workers are making just above minimum wage, with no pension or other benefits, ac- cording to CUPW. Customers of Canada Post should expect that no parcels will be delivered in Sydney, North Sydney, New Waterford or Glace Bay. Mail delivery will also be heav- ily impacted, according to the union. Canada Post uses contractors like Nor-Pel to keep wages low, said the union. Contracts with Canada Post are bid on every three to five years and are awarded to the lowest bidder. Contracts change hands often, but the incoming contractor hires the experienced drivers of the previous contrac- tor to save on training costs, ac- cording to CUPW. LABOUR BRIEFS FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 Published weekly by omson Reuters Canada Ltd. Subscription rate: $610 per year Customer Service Tel: (416) 609-3800 (Toronto) (800) 387-5164 (outside Toronto) Fax: (416) 298-5106 Email: Website: Director, Media Solutions, Canada Karen Lorimer Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Todd Humber Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 649-7896 News Editor John Dujay | (416) 298-5129 Sales Manager Paul Burton | (416) 649-9928 Marketing Co-ordinator Keith Fulford | (416) 649-9585 © 2018 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 for more information. Labour Reporter Canadian LABOUR LENS Members of a South Korean labour union cheer during a friendly soccer game between North and South Korean workers in Seoul, on Aug. 11. Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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