Canadian Labour Reporter

April 19, 2021

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Quebec steelworkers agree to tentative deal SEPT-ÎLES, Que. – The nego- tiating committee representing 2,500 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) in Port- Cartier, Fermont and Fire Lake in Quebec reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement April 12 with Arce- lorMittal Mines Canada. Less than a week after contract negotiations suddenly broke off, bargaining resumed in the pres- ence of mediator Jean Nolin and a tentative deal was reached. The agreement will be submitted to a ratification vote by union mem- bers in coming weeks, says USW. No details of the tentative agreement will be released until terms of the agreement are pre- sented to the membership, says the union. Montreal longshore workers strike MONTREAL — The Syndicat des débardeurs du port de Mon- treal (Canadian Union of Pub- lic Employees (CUPE), Local 375) issued a notice of a partial strike on April 10 in response to a notice from the employer that announced they would be sus- pending the job security provi- sions in the collective agreement effective April 13. "Last Friday following a good week of negotiations where the work was going well, we were surprised to receive a notice from the employer, informing us that in 72 hours, they would be exercising their lockout rights," says Michel Murray, CUPE na- tional representative. In response to this notice, the union responded with a notice of a partial strike on April 10. Long- shore workers will not be work- ing overtime and will not extend their shifts beyond the regular eight hours. In addition, workers will begin striking on Saturdays and Sundays indefinitely, says the union. Day, evening and night shifts from Monday to Friday will be worked normally. "This way, we are putting pres- sure on the employer without disrupting clients who are await- ing their goods. We still believe in negotiations and are eager to return to the table," says Murray. Kingston, Ont. school bus drivers sign contract KINGSTON, Ont. — School bus drivers in Kingston, Ont. rat- ified a new collective agreement on April 8 in the midst of a pan- demic that recognizes their ser- vices with wage increases each year and emergency leave days. "These members are truly among the heroes of the pandem- ic. Every day they safely transport students back and forth to school, and ensure that the buses are san- itized and safe for the children on the bus," says Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. The new four-year contract was ratified by the 52 members of Local 4266 at First Student Kingston and was ratified by 98 per cent, says the union. The agreement includes wage increases of two per cent, two per cent, three per cent, three per cent, as well as many improve- ments to language and newly negotiated personal emergency days, says Unifor. Each employee will get five leave days, three of them paid, that can be used for personal emergencies including family health obligations and sickness, says the union. Lady Comeau ship workers ratify agreement SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 864 members at Comeau Seafoods deployed in Shelburne, N.S. aboard Lady Comeau III vessel voted to accept a new union con- tract on April 12. The new contract guarantees 100 per cent of earnings in the form of salary or wages, in ad- dition to commitments that the company pay for all operating expenses including fuel, food, gear and clothing, says the union. 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