Canadian Labour Reporter

February 22, 2021

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PM #40065782 A FIRED worker was a proba- tionary employee but his employ- er didn't have just cause to dismiss him, an Ontario arbitrator has ruled. Andre Ouellette was a track maintainer with Ontario North- land Transportation Commis- sion (ONTC), a provincial Crown company providing transporta- tion services in Northern Ontario based in North Bay. Ouellette was hired on June 5, 2019, subject to a probationary period specified in the collective agreement as "120 working days' service," during which ONTC could terminate New agreement Provincial employees in Newfoundland and Labrador sign "concession-free" deal FOAM PRODUCTION Woodbridge Foam Blenheim, Ont. (201 manufacturing employees) and Unifor, Local 127 Renewal agreement: Effective Dec. 1, 2020 to Nov. 30, 2024. Ratified in December 2020. Signed on Dec. 1, 2020. Wage adjustments: Effective Dec. 1, 2020: 6.7% Effective Dec. 1, 2021: 2.4% Effective Dec. 1, 2022: 2.3% Effective Dec. 1, 2023: 3% Shift premium: $0.40 per hour for employees on second see Collective agreements > pg. 3 Photo: SzB (iStock) see Ontario > pg.7 Unsafe driving, failure to co-operate ground Toronto aviation safety officer AN ONTARIO airport operator had just cause to fire an employee after two incidents of unsafe driv- ing on the tarmac, an arbitrator has ruled. John Bodnar was an aviation safety officer (ASO) for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) since 2017. His responsibilities included emer- gency response and support on airside surfaces and investigating incidents. The position was safety sensitive and required an airside vehicle operator's permit. On March 8, 2019, GTAA received a complaint from an airline employee alleging that a vehicle drove between a passenger aircraft and an aircraft marshaller at a terminal gate. GTAA determined that Bodnar had been driving and had reached a speed of 38 kilometres per hour, well above the 10 kilometres per hour speed limit in the marshalling area. Bodnar acknowledged that he had driven be- tween the aircraft and the marshaller. The airside Finning International — Alberta pg. 3 Exploits Valley Air Services (EVAS) — Newfoundland and Labrador pg. 4 University of Guelph — Ontario pg.5 The Fairmont Palliser — Alberta pg.6 February 22, 2021 see Worker> pg. 8 Photo: benkrut (iStock) Upcoming 2021 Virtual Labour Relations Programs Strategies for Workplace Conicts / Feb. 23-26 (11:30am-5pm ET) Change Management / Mar. 9-12 (12pm-4pm ET) Mastering Fact-Finding & Investigation / Apr. 19-23 (10am-4:30pm ET) More programs & dates available. Visit us at: Register today! FEB 2021.qxp_Layout 1 2021-01-27 11:09 AM Page 1 ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS pg. 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Probation decided by days not total hours: Arbitrator

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