Canadian Labour Reporter

January 28, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 Satin Flooring 42-day lockout ends with deal NORTH YORK, Ont. — After a 42-day lockout lasting over the holidays, about 120 workers at Satin Flooring in North York, Ont., voted on Jan. 19, by a mar- gin of 79 per cent, to ratify a new three-year collective agreement. "This was a prolonged labour dispute at a company facing se- rious financial difficulties. Our members decided it is time to move forward and start healing," said Fernanda Santos, president of Teamsters, Local 847. "We achieved the best possible deal, given that the company's sur- vival is at stake." Satin Flooring filed for credi- tor protection in 2018, said Teamsters Workers had been locked out since Dec. 7, said the union. Workers at the Beer Store contact centre join UFCW LONDON, Ont. — Workers at the Beer Store contact centre in London, Ont., are the new- est members of United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 12R24 after voting on Jan. 18 to join the union. The contact centre is the principal point of contact for all customer service and business inquiries for the Beer Store's retail and logistics operations throughout Ontario, said the union. The 36 employees working at the centre provide troubleshoot- ing, customer service, order intake and logistics services to breweries, licensees and retail stores in Ontario. They joined the union to address concerns regarding turnover, favouritism, and respect and dignity in the workplace, according to UFCW. "Working at the contact cen- tre is extremely difficult and de- manding, and we are committed to ensuring that members have a safe and respectful workplace that compensates them fairly," said John Nock, president of UFCW Canada Local 12R24. G4S pays thousands for violating agreement VANCOUVER — G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) agreed on Jan. 18 to pay $290,000 to members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Local 16 for not providing and contributing to- ward the cost of their B.C. Health and Wellness Plan Premiums (BCMSP) as outlined in their col- lective agreement. The settlement was the result of a grievance filed by IAM upon discovery that the company had violated the agreement by not contributing 100 per cent towards the cost of the benefits as agreed to between the parties, said the union. The violation primarily affects airport security screeners hired since June 2014 throughout the Pacific region, when the com- pany unilaterally introduced a change in practice, through the introduction of a new-hire form, said IAM. The settlement agree- ment requires the company to provide IAM with a list of cur- rent employees who are not in receipt of at least the full single- payor rate of BCMSP premiums for 2017 and 2018, said IAM. IAM will, no later than March 15, 2019, provide the company with the pro-rata amount of payment to be paid to each such employee, subject to their date of entitlement. Affected employees can expect their re- imbursement on April 5, 2019, said the union. LABOUR BRIEFS FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 Published weekly by omson Reuters Canada Ltd. Subscription rate: $599 per year Customer Service Tel: (416) 609-3800 (Toronto) (800) 387-5164 (outside Toronto) 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 Labour Reporter Canadian LABOUR LENS Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina Taxi drivers block a highway near the Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport during an open-end strike against VTC (vehicle-for-hire) regulations in Madrid, on Jan. 22. © 2019 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.

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