Canadian Labour Reporter

June 21, 2021

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PM #40065782 A BRITISH Columbia worker's 10-day suspension for intention- ally coughing in a coworker's truck and violating COVID-19 safety protocols has been upheld by an arbitrator. Markus Linde worked as an apprentice gardener for the Van- couver School District No. 39 and was hired in 2004. Beginning in March 2020, the district began implement- ing measures to protect its em- ployees from the spread of CO- VID-19, including safe work procedures informing employ- ees how COVID-19 was spread New contract About 45 school support staff in Gimli, Man., ratify deal with wage hikes in each year LIBRARIES Lethbridge Public Library Lethbridge, Alta. (100 library employees) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 70 (Library Employees) Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2022. Signed on May 5, 2019. Wage adjustments: Effective Jan. 1, 2019: 1% Effective Jan. 1, 2020: 1.5% Effective Jan. 1, 2021: 1.5% Effective Jan. 1, 2022: 2% Shift premium: Double time see Collective agreements > pg. 3 see Poor > pg.8 Employer entitled to more than brief notes to show worker fit for safety-sensitive job A BRITISH Columbia employer was entitled to re- quest additional medical information about a work- er's fitness to return to work in a safety-sensitive po- sition, an arbitrator has ruled. West Fraser Mills operates a plywood plant in Quesnel, B.C. where William Watt worked as a second-class power engineer. Watt went on medi- cal leave in January 2019 with a doctor's note stat- ing that he couldn't work for at least three months. About one month later, Watt provided a note advis- ing that he was fit to return to work. Watt went on medical leave again in September 2019. In late November, Watt confirmed with a doc- tor's note — indicating that he was "medically sta- ble" — that he could resume working on Dec. 6. On March 18, 2020, Watt requested a three- month medical leave supported by a doctor's note. About one month before his return date, Watt provided a note from his doctor saying that he was "medically stable and can return back to his job with June 21, 2021 see Clearance > pg.8 Hastings Manor Home for the Aged — Ontario pg. 4 The Village of Haines Junction — Yukon pg. 4 First Canada O/A First Student Canada — Alberta pg. 5 Community Living Algoma — Ontario pg. 6 Boilermaker Contractors' Association of Alberta — Alberta pg. 7 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 Vancouver gardener coughs himself into 10-day suspension

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