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May 31, 2021

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PM #40065782 A BRITISH COLUMBIA company would suffer undue hardship if it had to put a worker back into his safety-sensitive po- sition when the worker's medical restrictions prevented him from performing his regular duties, an arbitrator has ruled. Mike McHale was a pipefit- ter for Cariboo Pulp and Paper, a company that operates a pulp mill in Quesnel, B.C. On March 29, 2017, McHale was working in a dark and con- fined area of the mill's steam plant when a pipe exploded. He suffered burns and was off work for four Tentative contract More than 500 municipal workers in Levis, Que., sign agreement after 17 months of talks AGRIFOODS Olymel Red Deer, Alta. (1,669 production employees ) and the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union (UFCW), Local 401 Renewal agreement: Effective Feb. 1, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2027. Ratified on Jan. 8, 2021. Signed on Jan. 9, 2021. Shift premium: $0.35 per hour when employee is designated to give training. $0.55 per hour will be paid for all hours worked between 4 p.m. and see Collective agreements > pg. 3 Photo: CUHRIG (iStock) see PTSD > pg.7 B.C. mining company gets second opinion on complete effects of medical marijuana A BRITISH COLUMBIA employer did not have to return a worker with a medical marijuana prescrip- tion to his safety-sensitive position based on a medi- cal report that didn't address its concerns about the risk, an arbitrator has ruled. The worker was a certified warehouseperson for Teck Coal at its Elkview operation in B.C. His job duties involved unloading delivery vehicles, putting away deliveries, labelling parts and counting inven- tory. He often used a forklift for these tasks. The worker suffered from chronic pain from a back injury he sustained in 1991. From 2012 to 2015, he was prescribed Oxycodone for the pain but this caused him to suffer from withdrawal symptoms, depression and anger. In 2015, the worker's doctor wrote a prescription for an opioid medication, but he said he would pre- fer to switch him to medical marijuana. The doctor said he expected that the worker would be able to function in his normal work capacity — which was a May 31, 2021 see Doctor's > pg.7 Electrical Power Systems Construction Association — Ontario pg. 3 Calm Air International — Manitoba pg. 4 Ventra Assembly Windsor — Ontario pg.5 Veritiv Canada — Alberta pg.6 Photo: DenisTangneyJr (iStock) GRIEVANCE HANDLING DURING A PANDEMIC A Special One-Day Strategic Grievance Handling Workshop Fall programs & dates now available. Visit us at: Register today! May 14, 2021 (10am-4pm ET) - still a few seats left! July 16, 2021 (10am-4pm ET) late April/May 2021.qxp_Layout 1 2021-04-23 12:18 PM Page 1 ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS pg. 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Accommodation has its limits for B.C. pulp, paper company

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