Canadian Labour Reporter

February 4, 2019

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PM #40065782 Labour Reporter Canadian February 4, 2019 N.B. smelter worker fired for ongoing absenteeism A LONG-TIME employee with multiple disability leaves in the past was eventually terminated after he failed to improve his at- tendance. Jean-Louise Arseneau worked for Glencore Canada at the Belledune, N.B., smelter since 1980. He took multiple months of sick leave in 2005 and 2006 and entered into the weekly in- demnity and long-term disability plans beginning in 2007. Arseneau was off work for Viagra prescription reimbursement denied by B.C. equipment supplier AN EMPLOYEE at a heavy equipment dealer- ship tried to claim the customary 80 per cent cov- erage for 14 Viagra prescriptions between August 2017 and November 2018, but he was told the company's insurance plan did not cover the drug. Jason Gibson, who worked for SMS Equipment in Elkford, B.C., paid $1,170.41 for the prescrip- tions. In May 2008, three former companies merged to create SMS so three separate collective agree- ments had to be consolidated into one by May 1, 2009. The benefits part of the agreement called for coverage for prescription drugs "which legal- ly require a written prescription." The company also offered a health spending account to make up for some of the drugs that weren't covered via the regular benefits process, and it specified that it could be used for certain "drugs not covered under certain plans such as fertility drugs." GOVERNMENT Town of Taber Taber, Alta. (94 inside, outside employees) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 2038 Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2020. Signed on Jan. 10, 2019. Shift premium: $1 per hour for senior employee filling relief assignment in position outside bargaining unit. For communica- tion operators only, $1 per hour ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS see Collective agreements > pg. 3 pg. 2 Strike mandate About 1,000 workers at Ajax, Ont., Loblaws distribution centre voted 98 per cent to walk off jobs if talks fail Electrical Safety Authority — Ontario pg. 3 Matthews Equipment — Alberta pg. 4 University of Windsor — Ontario pg. 5 Health PEI — Prince Edward Island pg. 6 Parmalat Canada — Alberta pg. 7 RothLochston Industrial — Alberta pg. 7 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Photo: Google Street View see Last-chance > pg. 8 Call : 1-888-858-7838 Email: Website: Learn more: Labour Relations Foundations: March 3-8 2019: Kingston Negotiation Skills: April 7-12, 2019: Kingston Labour Arbitration Skills: May 26-30, 2019: Kingston negotiate ■ with ■ confidence see Arbitration > pg. 8

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