Canadian Labour Reporter

June 21, 2021

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Interlake school employees ratify deal GIMLI, Man. — School cus- todians, trade workers and mechanics, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE), Local 2972, and the Interlake School Divi- sion in Gimli, Man. ratified a new collective agreement on June 9. "The agreement between CUPE 2972 and Interlake School Division is the second school support staff contract that defies the [Manitoba Premier Brian] Pallister wage freeze and includes raises in line with those agreed to by school divisions and the Man- itoba Teachers' Society," says Lee McLeod, CUPE regional director. Wage increases are in line with recently negotiated teachers' agreements and are retroactive: 1.6 per cent in 2019, 1.4 in 2020, 0.5 in 2021, and a cost-of-living adjust- ment (COLA) in 2022, says the union. The agreement helps set a pattern for school support staff in Manitoba, following CUPE 3164's similar wage set- tlement at Evergreen School Division announced on June 8, says CUPE. CUPE 2972 represents about 45 school support staff at the Interlake School Division, in- cluding custodians, trades and bus mechanics. USW, NorSask sign 5-year contract MEADOW LAKE, Sask. — The United Steelworkers (USW), Local 1-184 and Nor- Sask Forest Products signed a five-year collective bargaining agreement for members at the sawmill's operation, in Mead- ow Lake, Sask. The new agreement contains provisions for substantial wage increases, a signing bonus and substantial improvements in benefits, contracting-out lan- guage, grievance language and the membership becoming part of the Steelworker Humanity Fund as well as recognizing Na- tional Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) as a new statutory holi- day, says the union. However, the most impactful language negotiated between the two parties is the ground- breaking recognition and rec- onciliation language, accord- ing to USW: "NorSask Forest Products LP and the United Steelworkers union enter into this agreement recognizing and acknowledging that we op- erate on the traditional lands of the Cree and Assiniboine sig- natories of Treaty 6 dedicated to ensuring that the spirit of Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 Treaty 6 is honoured and re- spected." The new five-year agree- ment was ratified on June 9 by an overwhelming majority of USW members at the opera- tion, says the union. NorSask Forest Products employs 85 USW members. Myra Falls miners go on strike C O M OX- S T R AT H C O N A , B.C. — More than 300 mem- bers of Unifor, Local 3019, be- gan strike action on June 3 at the Myra Falls mine in Comox- Strathcona, B.C. The miners are striking to force the company to honour its commitment from the 2017 round of bargaining, when temporary concessions were agreed to as part of a strategy to restart the mine and get it back on its feet, says Unifor. "Unifor is not going to stand by while a wildly profitable company goes back on its word," says Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. "We ne- gotiated the collective agree- ment in good faith and expect the company to uphold its promise to workers." The workers haven't re- ceived a wage increase since 2014 and are seeking to share in the wealth generated by a strong rebound in mineral prices, says the union. FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 Subscription rate: $599 per year Customer Service President Tim Duce Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 330 News Editor John Dujay | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 321 Employment Law Editor Jeffrey R. Smith | (416) 644 8740 Ext. 319 Business Development Manager Fred Crossley | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 236 NAUK Subscriptions Coordinator Donnabel Reyes | (416) 644-8740 Ext. 243 ©Key Media Canada (HR) Ltd. 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 (Key Media Canada (HR) Ltd.). KEY MEDIA and the KEY MEDIA logo are trademarks of Key Media IP Limited, and used under license by Key Media Canada (HR) Ltd.. CANADIAN LABOUR REPORTER is a trademark of Key Media Canada (HR) Ltd.. 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 official or unofficial 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 www.hrreporter. com for more information. 2 LABOUR BRIEFS Canadian HR Reporter, a Key Media Canada (HR) Ltd. business 2021

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