Canadian Labour Reporter

May 6, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a HAB Press business 2019 Hilton workers at Halifax Airport sign fi rst contract HALIFAX — United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 864 members working at the Hil- ton Garden Inn Airport Halifax hotel ratified a first collective agreement on April 27 that in- cludes wage gains of up to 15 per cent. The hotel is located minutes away from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The em- ployees are room attendants and work in laundry services, said the union. In addition to wages increas- es, some of the other gains in- clude increased paid vacation days, additional paid sick days and holidays, a formal grievance procedure and enhanced job se- curity, said UFCW. Quebec lab technicians sign fi rst contract SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — United Food and Commer- cial Workers (UFCW) Canada, Local 1991P members working at Semex in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., ratified their first collec- tive agreement on April 25. "The new collective agreement improves job compensation and security and will provide an excellent level of working conditions for the members working at Semex in the Montérégie region," said Mario Maisonneuve, UFCW Local 1991P president. The contract covers 35 employees who work as laboratory technicians at the company, said the union. Semex specializes in the development and marketing of bull semen for breeding in the cattle and dairy industries, according to UFCW. Some of the gains achieved in- clude an wage increase from $19 to $25, the addition of six sick leave days and a pension plan contribution of five per cent by the employer, said the union. Village Green long-term care workers join OPSEU SELBY, Ont. — About 70 workers at the Village Green long-term care facility outside of Kingston, Ont., joined the Ontario Public Service Em- ployees Union (OPSEU) on April 25. "Doug Ford has promised to increase long-term care beds in the province by 15,000 over the next 10 years," said Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU first vice-president. "But we need to make sure that those beds are properly supported by workers who have the time and tools they need to provide quality care." Along with better benefits for all, OPSEU is also seeking better protection for part-time work- ers, said the union. MEC workers in Vancouver join UFCW VANCOUVER — Retail work- ers at Mountain Equipment Co- op (MEC) in Vancouver are the newest members of United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 1518 after voting on April 23 to join the union. "We have a lot of experience with co-ops and we are excited to add MEC to that group," said Kim Novak, UFCW 1518 president. LABOUR BRIEFS FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 Published weekly by HAB Press, a subsidiary of Key Media Subscription rate: $599 per year Customer Service Tel: (416) 609-3800 (Toronto) (800) 387-5164 (outside Toronto) Email: Website: President Tim Duce 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/Agustin Marcarian ©2019 HAB Press Ltd/ISBN/ISSN: 0840-626X 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, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher (HAB Press). Return Mail Registration # 1522825 Return Postage Guaranteed Paid News Revenue Toronto 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. Retiro subway station remains closed on April 30 during a national labour union strike in Buenos Aires.

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