Canadian Labour Reporter

September 24, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 Toronto Marriott hotel workers ratify agreement TORONTO — Unifor, Local 7575 members at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville voted on Sept. 13 to ratify a new col- lective agreement, with signifi- cant economic gains and break- throughs in job security and workload protections. "We believe this is the first time in Ontario that a collective agreement has fully protected room attendants' work from sham 'green' programs at a Mar- riott property," said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. The new agreement guaran- tees that room attendants will no longer lose hours because of so- called "green" programs. Even- tually all financial incentives for guests to decline housekeeping services will be phased out, said the union. The union estimates the new language will save as many as 28 shifts per week, according to Unifor. Wages will increase by 10.6 per cent (compounded) over three years with some classifications receiving additional increases. Banquet gratuity income will jump an additional four per cent, effective immediately, according to the union. Pension contributions will increase by 27 per cent over the term of the collective agree- ment. Benefits for dependants of part-time workers will expand to include dental coverage, eye ex- ams, prescription drugs and life insurance, said the union. "We are absolutely thrilled," said Roberto Perez, a long-time Marriott houseperson and member of the bargaining com- mittee. "We bargained right up to a strike deadline, and the strength and unity of my co-workers made it possible for us to set a new standard in the hotel indus- try." Unifor was successful at en- shrining a Women's Advocate position in the collective agree- ment, as well as securing a mechanism for protecting work- ers from harassment by guests and introducing alert devices (panic buttons) for room atten- dants, said the union. Tentative agreement for Hardisty care workers EDMONTON — A tentative agreement for employees at Hardisty Care Centre in Ed- monton was reached on Sept. 10, after a final round of nego- tiations in August, according to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE). If ratified, the proposed agree- ment will come into effect on April 1, 2018, and expire on March 31, 2020, said the union. The tentative agreement in- cludes salary increases in both years with 1.5-per-cent increas- es (retro-pay based on all hours) effective April 1, 2018, and two- per-cent increases effective April 1, 2019, said AUPE. Kingston, Ont., retail workers join UFCW KINGSTON, Ont. — Retail workers at the Canada Comput- ers and Electronics location in Kingston, Ont., are the newest members of United Food and Commercial Workers Canada union (UFCW), Local 102 af- ter voting on Sept. 9 to join the union. The major issues for the Kingston employees were wag- es, respect, a greater say in their working conditions and job se- curity, said the union. 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 Photo: REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian A demonstrator with a puppet of Argentine President Mauricio Macri holds a sign that reads "I owe you education" during a national teachers' strike outside of the National Congress, in Buenos Aires, on Sept.13.

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