Canadian Labour Reporter

March 25, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 Ontario Cannabis Store workers join UFCW TORONTO — Workers at the call centre for the Ontario Can- nabis Store (OCS) voted on March 13 in favour of unioniza- tion with the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada. The workers became the first union members attached to Ontario's rapidly growing legal cannabis sector, said UFCW. The issues that drove the em- ployees were lack of hours, lack of consistency in scheduling and the need for job security and just-cause protection. Workers first contacted UFCW Canada after learning that the union al- ready represents thousands of workers in the cannabis sector, said the union. The call centre is operated by Line One Contact Centres, a Calgary-based company. Work- ers at the call centre, located in Toronto, provide customer sup- port and mail-tracking services for Ontario's online cannabis store, said UFCW. UFCW represents cannabis production and retail workers in California, Oregon, Washing- ton, Colorado, Minnesota and New Mexico. UFCW Canada represents cannabis retail work- ers in Quebec, at SQDC loca- tions in Rosemont, Rimouski, and Mirabel, according to the union. Credit union workers give strike mandate TRURO/AMHERST, N.S. — On March 8, workers at two branches of the Community Credit Union in Nova Scotia voted 100 per cent in favour of giving their bargaining commit- tee a strike mandate ahead of conciliation talks in April. "Workers coming together like this to stand behind their bargaining committee says a lot about their current working conditions," said Darlene Mc- Ivor, Unifor national representa- tive. "Every single person in this unit wants to see their working conditions improve and they've empowered their bargaining committee through this vote" said McIvor. Unifor, Local 2107 members at Community Credit Union branches in Truro and Amherst, are currently in bargaining with the employer, said the union. "Bargaining has been difficult and drawn-out and it's clear the members are frustrated with how challenging it has been to get straight-forward and simple improvements to their contract," said McIvor. Montreal FedEx Freight drivers join Teamsters MONTREAL — Teamsters, Lo- cal 931 filed a request on March 9 for union certification on behalf of about 30 owner-operators at FedEx Freight in Montreal. Teamsters have been orga- nizing FedEx drivers from coast to coast to coast. Workers at a FedEx warehouse in Surrey, B.C., also chose Teamsters Local Union 31 to represent them, said the union. "That was our first major or- ganizing victory, after FedEx pi- lots joined in the United States," said François Laporte, Team- sters Canada president. "These workers want better and they deserve better." The formal request for union certification was filed with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board, said Teamsters. Teamsters represent al- most 125,000 workers across Canada. 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/Piroschka van de Wouw © 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. Dutch teachers and lecturers at all levels hold their rst-ever strike to press demands for wage hikes and better working conditions in The Hague, on March 15.

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