Canadian Labour Reporter

February 18, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 Rossdown Farms workers sign fi rst agreement ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 1518 members working at Ross- down Farms and Natural Foods in Abbotsford, B.C., achieved their first contract on Feb. 2. Rossdown Farms and Natural Foods is a farm-to-plate produc- er of certified organic poultry. Under the new two-year col- lective agreement, the 200 poul- try-sector workers will see im- provements to their workplace such as shop-steward rights, a grievance procedure and a job posting process, said the union. As well, workers will receive new health and safety provi- sions, a $2-per-hour pay raise for some and a fourth week of vaca- tion for workers with 10 years of seniority, said UFCW. "There's no doubt that the members needed a union. The employer was playing favourites; there was no fairness in schedul- ing or pay raises. And the work- ers were suffering," said Patrick Johnson, secretary-treasurer of UFCW 1518. UFCW Canada, Local 1518 represents more than 20,000 members working in a range of industries across B.C. and Yukon, including retail-food, community-health, agriculture and professional-service sec- tors. Algonquin Nursing Home employees join ONA MATTAWA, NIPISSING- TEMISKAMING, Ont. — The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) welcomed new members from the Algonquin Nursing Home on Feb. 5. The Algonquin Nursing Home registered nurses (RN) are concerned about the staffing levels they believe are necessary to be able to provide care, said the union. "This dedicated group of RNs is passionate about provid- ing the best care possible to the residents of the home. We look forward to representing them so that they can focus on provid- ing high-quality care," said Vicki McKenna, ONA president. London, Ont., Coca-Cola workers agree to contract LONDON, Ont. — United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 175 members working at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in London, Ont., achieved a new collective agreement on Feb. 5 that includes wage gains and a new pension plan. Under the three-year con- tract, the employees will receive a lump-sum payment of $800 in the first year of the agreement, as well as wage increases of two per cent and 2.5 per cent in years two and three, respectively, said the union. Drivers who require a driver's medical exam will receive a re- imbursement of $100 from the company in the second and third year of the contract term. And members will also benefit from an enhanced payout of 125 per cent for any unused sick days, said UFCW. In addition, the workers will now take part in an employer pension plan that will see the company contribute five per cent of an employee's annual earnings, with members con- tributing two per cent of their earnings. As well, the new agree- ment contains enhanced sev- erance language for all union members, 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/Zoubeir Souissi Tunisian teachers take part in a protest to demand better work conditions and higher wages, near the prime minister's of ce in Tunis, on Feb. 6. © 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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