Canadian Labour Reporter

April 22, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 Quebec school bus strike set for April 24 MAGOG, Que. — Barring significant progress at the bargaining table, school bus drivers at Autobus DL will walk off the job on April 24, according to Teamsters. Between 3,000 and 3,500 students at the Eastern Town- ships School Board and the Commission scolaire du Val- des-Cerfs may find themselves without school bus service, said Teamsters. Wages are the main sticking point, according to the union. "The pay increases manage- ment is proposing will not allow our members to keep up with the cost of living. School drivers are already the lowest-paid profes- sional drivers in Quebec, earn- ing on average $20,000 a year," said Jean Chartrand, Teamsters, Local Union 106 president. On April 10, it was announced that members had voted by a margin of 91 per cent to walk off the job at a moment deemed ap- propriate by the union. But the latest talks with the company indicate that there is no way for- ward, said the union. The collective agreement ex- pired in summer 2018. The union remains open to continue negotiating, but man- agement is not ready to make any new offers and no new meetings between parties have been scheduled at this time, said Teamsters. "Out of solidarity with par- ents, the union had committed to providing advance notice of any work stoppage. We sincere- ly hope this 12-day notice will give them enough time to find other options for taking their kids to school," said Chartrand. "Meanwhile, we will continue doing everything possible to avoid a strike and reach a fair and equitable agreement for our members." On top of low wages, school bus drivers have to deal with split shifts, bad weather, poor roads, students' behaviour and impatient or aggressive motor- ists, said the union. A strike at Autobus DL would mainly affect the cities of Cow- ansville, Bromont, Adamsville, Waterloo, Knowlton and Farn- ham. CUPE fi les to represent WestJet fl ight attendants CALGARY — The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) filed an application at the Canada Industrial Relations Board on April 12 to represent flight attendants at WestJet En- core. A majority of WestJet Encore flight attendants have signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, after citing the need for better schedules and bet- ter opportunities for career ad- vancement among their reasons for seeking to unionize, said the union. UNBC teaching assistants unionize PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Teaching assistants (TAs) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, B.C., voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE) 2278 in a labour board vote held on April 3. The 76 TAs will now be mem- bers of the union local repre- senting teaching assistants and English-language instructors, according to CUPE. The local will be negotiating a first collective agreement on be- half of their newest members at UNBC, 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 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: Agency Gazeta/Adam Stepien via REUTERS © 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. Supporters gather to show their solidarity with a nationwide teachers' strike in Warsaw, on April 12.

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