Canadian Labour Reporter

October1, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 Legal Aid CEO threatens CUPE member with lawsuit SASKATOON — A member of the Canadian Union of Pub- lic Employees (CUPE), Local 1949 has been threatened with a lawsuit in retaliation for efforts to represent six members who were laid off when Legal Aid Sas- katchewan privatized the major- ity of duty counsel work in the Saskatoon office this summer, said the union. In a letter provided by CEO Craig Goebel's legal counsel, CUPE member Val Harvey was threatened with a defamation lawsuit, according to CUPE. "Instead of trying to rebuild trust with our members and ad- dressing the lengthier remand rates that have resulted from his privatization scheme, Goe- bel is attempting to muzzle our members," said Wanda Tow- stego, CUPE, Local 1949 presi- dent. "The result of these threats may have a chilling effect on our membership who may hesitate to exercise their rights as a union member for fear of retaliation" CUPE, Local 1949 — the union that represents all non- management staff at Legal Aid — recently conducted a mem- bership-wide vote of non-confi- dence against Goebel. The result was 95 per cent of members vot- ing against the actions of Goebel and in favour of the non-confi- dence motion, said the union. Massine's workers in Ottawa ratify new contract OTTAWA — More than 190 retail grocery employees at Mas- sine's Your Independent Grocer (YIG) in Ottawa secured a new collective agreement on Sept. 18. In this set of negotiations, YIG workers' concerns included dealing with minimum wage and the existing wage grid. The negotiating committee achieved a new wage grid for part-time employees that ensures rates al- ways stay ahead of the minimum wage, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada union (UFCW). The part-time end rate will improve by $0.60 per hour as of ratification. The rate will in- crease by another $0.20 per hour over the remainder of the contract even if minimum wage goes up. Part-time staff also re- ceive a lump-sum payment of $250 following ratification, said the union. Full-time employees receive wage increases totalling $1 per hour over the term of the con- tract, with a $500 lump sum in year two. In addition, full-time staff also receive a $500 lump sum following ratification, said UFCW. The employer agreed to guar- antee the existing full-time jobs for the duration of the agree- ment as well, said the union. Workers at Prouse Motors sign new deal SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Lo- cal 2332 ratified a new collec- tive agreement on Sept. 18 with Prouse Motors in Sault Ste. Ma- rie, Ont. The four-year agreement pro- vides wage increases of one per cent in the first year and 2.5 per cent in years two, three and four respectively. The agreement also provides a $1,000 signing bonus for journeymen and $500 for all others, said IAM. Other agreement highlights include a pension contribution increase from the current 11 per cent to 13 per cent over the life of the agreement, 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/Marcos Brindicci A woman rides her bicycle past empty bus stops during a one-day nationwide strike in Buenos Aires, on Sept. 25.

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