Canadian Labour Reporter

June 17, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a HAB Press business 2019 Complaint fi led against Quebec premier MONTREAL — The Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelwork- ers (USW) filed a complaint on June 10 with the International Labour Organization (ILO) against the government of Que- bec. The USW complaint cites vio- lations of the ILO's Convention on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Or- ganize, the Declaration on Fun- damental Principles and Rights at Work as well as the Tripartite Declaration of Principles Con- cerning Multinational Enter- prises and Social Policy, said the union. "By (Quebec Premier François Legault's) statements aimed at discrediting the trade union pos- ition by repeatedly describing it as 'unreasonable,' the premier came to put all his weight behind the company in a negotiation in the private sector. He took up the cause of the management party. This is contrary to international law and we are asking the Inter- national Labour Organization to take charge of the case," said Alain Croteau, USW Quebec director. More than 1,000 workers, members of USW Local 9700, were locked out of their jobs in January 2018 by ABI, co-owned by aluminum giants Alcoa and Rio Tinto. Vancouver K-12 workers reach tentative agreement VANCOUVER — K-12 support workers — members of the Ca- nadian Union of Public Employ- ees (CUPE), Local 15 reached a tentative agreement on June 5 with the Vancouver School Board. "Both bargaining teams worked well together and rec- ognized the needs and concerns of our members," said Warren Williams, CUPE 15 president. "After 20 years, we finally had the opportunity to bargain col- lectively, with fewer restraints." A full and comprehensive re- view of the current collective agreement was carried out and ongoing issues were addressed, said Kathie Currie, staff repre- sentative for CUPE 15 and lead negotiator. The two bargaining committees met nine times pri- or to reaching a tentative agree- ment, said the union. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, said CUPE. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June, said the union. Agreement signed at Caressant care facility COBDEN, Ont. — A United Steelworkers union (USW) set- tlement with a long-term care facility in Cobden, Ont., on June 10 recognizes the growing issues of staffing and increased levels of care. "In short, this settlement is a step forward for these 138 members of our union," said Marty Warren, USW Ontario director. "At the same time, however, due to government austerity and the consequent restraint practised by boards of arbitration, wage increases tend to be below the rate of in- flation." The settlement at Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes involves two collective agreements for members of USW, Local 6936. The three- year agreements will see wages increase by a total of 4.5 per cent in the nursing home and by six per cent in the retirement home. 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/Rodrigo Garrido ©2019 HAB Press 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. Chilean police monitor demonstrators at a rally in Santiago on June 6 during a teachers' national strike against the government demanding better working conditions.

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