Canadian Labour Reporter

February 25, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 Tentative deal at Ontario Northland railway NORTH BAY, Ont. — Unifor, Local 103 reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 18 with the Ontario Northland Transpor- tation Commission (ONTC) in North Bay, Ont., to renew all five union agreements that expired on Dec. 31. Unifor represents more than 350 workers at Ontario North- land who work in a variety of classifications including cleri- cal, on-board passenger train service, yard office, stores, freight sheds, hotel staff and mechanical shop-craft work- ers. Ontario Northland is a pro- vincial Crown agency of the gov- ernment of Ontario. The new agreements are sub- ject to a ratification vote, said the union. Vancouver Art Gallery workers reach agreement VANCOUVER — Striking workers at the Vancouver Art Gallery voted in favour of a mediated settlement on Feb. 11, effectively ending their week- long labour action. "Our members successfully fought back against a number of concessions, and won several key provisions that will improve the working conditions and compensation of gallery work- ers today, and for years to come," said Warren Williams, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 15 president. Workers walked off the job on Feb. 5 over wages and gallery managers' attempts to eliminate long-standing scheduling rights, said the union. Through mediation, the par- ties were able to agree on a four- year agreement that excludes the gallery's proposed concession on scheduling, provides retroactive wage increases of 1.5 per cent in each of 2017 and 2018, and in- cludes future wage adjustments of 1.75 per cent in 2019 and two per cent in 2020, said CUPE. "The cumulative effect of these wage increases will see gallery workers' paycheques in- crease by 4.75 per cent in 2019, and a further two per cent next year," said Williams. "We are pleased the gallery agreed to retroactivity for the 2017 and 2018 increases and re- moved their remaining conces- sion," said Williams. CUPE 15 represents more than 7,000 municipal, commu- nity social service, education and not-for-profit workers in Vancouver, including more than 190 unionized workers at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Edgewater Gardens care workers join ONA DUNNVILLE, Ont. — Regis- tered nurses at the Edgewater Gardens Long-Term Care Home in Dunnville, Ont., voted to join the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) on Feb. 13. The nurses from the home, are concerned about heavy workloads that they believe may be impacting resident care, according to the ONA. The employees say there have been high levels of manage- ment and staff turnover, said the union. ONA represents more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hos- pitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry. 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/Fabrizio Bensch © 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. Employees of Berlin's municipal transport service BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) gather in front of a bus depot in the district of Wilmerdorf during a strike in Berlin, on Feb. 15.

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