Canadian Labour Reporter

June 28, 2021

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Winnipeg clinic ratifies new agreement WINNIPEG — Workers at the Winnipeg Clinic, represented by the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU), Local 363, ratified a new four-year agreement on June 15. Highlights include wage in- creases in each year of the agree- ment, increases to the uniform allowance, and new contract language around flexible hours of work and compassionate care leave, says the union. New 3-year deal for Vancouver city workers VANCOUVER — Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 15 members who work at the City of Vancou- ver, Vancouver Parks, Britannia Centre and Ray-Cam Coopera- tive Centre ratified a three-year agreement on June 10. The agreement — retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020 — remains in ef- fect until Dec. 31, 2022. "We are pleased that we were able to achieve a compensation package that was acceptable to our members," says Warren Williams, CUPE 15 president. As well as benefit improve- ments including contraceptive coverage and mutually agreed- upon housekeeping language, the contract addresses gender- specific contract language, says the union. Workers will receive wage increases of 0.5 per cent retro- active to Jan. 1, 2020, and an ad- ditional 1.5 per cent on Dec. 31, 2020 (for a total of two per cent in 2020), as well as increases of two per cent on Jan. 1 of 2021 and 2022, says CUPE. The agreement covers about 3,500 members. 3-day strike at B.C. zinc mine ends C O M OX- S T R AT H C O N A , B.C. — Unifor members at the Trafigura Myra Falls mine in Comox-Strathcona, B.C. rati- fied a new three-year collective agreement on June 15, ending a brief strike. The new agreement includes a $2-per-hour wage increase (six per cent on average) in year one, followed by 2.5 per cent and two per cent in years two and three. The 320 employees will also see improvements to the pension plan and stronger protections against contracting out, says Unifor. "The strike was a much- Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 needed show of strength that paid off," says John Humphrey, president of Unifor, Local 3019. "With strong international min- eral prices, it was an advanta- geous time to be bargaining and we took advantage of that." Alberta seniors home workers join USW MEDICINE HAT, ALTA. — The United Steelworkers (USW) welcomed 80 workers from the Wellington Retire- ment Residence in Medicine Hat, Alta., who voted over- whelmingly to join the union on June 15 in a ballot overseen by the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB). "The pandemic has certainly put a focus on the difficult work- ing conditions that health-care workers face every day on the job," says Stephen Hunt, USW director for Western Canada. Over the next few months, the union and workers will be- gin negotiating workplace im- provements with the employer. Once a tentative collective agreement is in place, the work- ers will be able to vote to accept the contract. "We look forward to working with our new members to ne- gotiate their first contract," says Pablo Guerra, USW district 3 organizing coordinator. 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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