Canadian Labour Reporter

February 4, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 Strike vote at Loblaws distribution centre AJAX, Ont. — Unifor members at a Loblaws warehouse in Ajax, Ont., voted 98 per cent on Jan 23 in favour of strike action during ongoing negotiations with the company. "Members at the Loblaws warehouse work under high- stress, time-sensitive conditions to deliver goods to customers and stores across the province," said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. "This strike man- date is a united show of support for the bargaining committee in their negotiations with this corporate Goliath." About 1,000 employees work at the Loblaws Ajax Distribution Centre, and are represented by Unifor, Local 222. The current collective agreement expires on Feb. 9, said the union. "Our jobs at the distribu- tion centre support hundreds of families across the Durham Region," said Colin James, Local 222 president. "The public has heard horror stories about working condi- tions in warehouses in recent months, but Local 222 members will not allow their working con- ditions to be eroded," said James. Members are advocating for respect in the workplace, estab- lishing a pension, and against increased precarity in their jobs, said Unifor. Casino Rama workers in Orillia, Ont., reach new deal ORILLIA, Ont. — Unifor, Local 1090 signed a tentative agreement with Casino Rama just before midnight on Jan. 23, avoiding a strike. "Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama," said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. "Casino Rama work- ers have made terrific gains in the short time since they united to form a union." The bargaining committee prioritized compensation to get more in line with other ca- sinos in Ontario. Members had also identified scheduling for a reasonable work-life balance as an area for improvement in the next contract, said the union. Eastern Quebec Seafoods workers ratify MATANE, Que. — United Food and Commercial Work- ers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 501 members working at Eastern Quebec Seafoods in Matane, Que., signed a new col- lective agreement on Jan. 24 that provides higher wages and an early-retirement program. As part of the new contract, the food processing members — who work as quality con- trollers at the company's plant — will enjoy salary increases of 2.6 per cent per year, better de- fined schedules, rotating days off, longer breaks, enrollment in the UFCW Quebec Dental Care Plan and an early retirement program, said UFCW. "With each bargaining ses- sion, the Eastern Quebec Seafoods members have man- aged to improve their working conditions and build on past collective agreements," said Daniel Nadeau, the UFCW Local 501 director for eastern Quebec. UFCW Canada Local 501 rep- resents more than 19,000 mem- bers working in food retail and processing, manufacturing and the technical and professional sectors at hundreds of compa- nies across Quebec and north- ern New Brunswick. 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 disrupt traf c to protest against ride-hailing services in central Madrid, on Jan. 28. © 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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