Canadian Labour Reporter

April 1, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 USW submits new proposal to ABI BÉCANCOUR, Que. — The United Steelworkers (USW) union presented a counter-pro- posal to management of the ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour, Que., on March 21, which was 10 days after locked-out work- ers rejected a concession-laden company offer by an 82 per cent majority. The union hopes its counter- proposal will pave the way for the negotiation of a settlement between the parties to resolve the 14-month lockout, including a mutually acceptable return-to- work protocol, said USW. "Even though most issues were already resolved prior to the lockout, we have taken into account the new requests made by the company and have ad- dressed them in our counter- proposal. We have even pro- posed new compromises on some issues, compared to our position during the last round of negotiations," said Clément Masse, USW, Local 9700 presi- dent, representing 1,030 locked- out ABI workers. The counter-proposal incor- porates a pension-plan fund- ing model put forward by the employer, moving away from a defined benefit plan where risk is assumed by the employer, said the union. "The member-funded pen- sion plan is a huge concession compared to the former defined benefit plan, given that the risk is borne by the workers. This mod- el should provide a plan similar to what is in place in other alumi- num smelters. This allows Alcoa to meet shareholder objectives and remove the pension plan from the liability column of its financial statements," said Masse. The union's proposal calls for wage increases to be spread over an eight-year period, retroactive to the expiry of the previous col- lective agreement in November 2017, said USW. The employees at the Bécan- cour smelter were locked out on Jan. 11, 2018, by Alcoa and Rio Tinto. Hydro-Québec recently re- ported that the lockout cost the publicly owned utility $165 mil- lion in lost revenues in 2018. Collin's Ambulance workers join NAPE BURIN, N.L. — The Newfound- land and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) was certified as the bar- gaining agent for workers with Collin's Ambulance Service in Burin, N.L., and it successfully negotiated an agreement on March 21 with the employer. About 12 employees work at Collin's which services the Bu- rin Peninsula and is a contracted service provider with Eastern Health, said the union. Unifor in talks with GM to save jobs in Oshawa, Ont. OSHAWA, Ont. — Unifor of- ficials, including Jerry Dias, na- tional president, met on March 19 with senior General Motors (GM) officials to find ways to preserve jobs in Oshawa, Ont. "I am much more confident today than I was a month ago that together we will find a reso- lution," said Dias. "While some of our members qualify for re- tirement, others need ongoing good paying jobs to support their families. We are commit- ted to work with GM to find so- lutions for both." Unifor began constructive ne- gotiations with GM on Feb. 25, 2019, 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/Charles Platiau © 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. Balloons of French Force Ouvriere (FO) labour union y during a demonstration in Paris on March 19 against the French government's reforms.

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