Canadian Labour Reporter

July 12, 2021

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Kautex Textron workers ratify deal WINDSOR, Ont. — Unifor, Local 195 members in Windsor, Ont. voted 90 per cent in favour of a new collective agreement with Kautex Textron in a virtual vote held July 1. "Despite very tough econom- ic conditions and public health restrictions, our bargaining committee negotiated a very strong agreement, with gains made in every area of the col- lective agreement," says Emile Nabbout, Unifor, Local 195 president. The strike deadline was ex- tended and the union was able to negotiate important gains such as a $2,750 performance bonus, a wage increase of 6.9 per cent across the board for the life of the three-year agree- ment, a Christmas bonus of $470 net in each year, a defined pension increase of $1.70, bringing contributions to $43.20 at the end of the agree- ment, says the union. For employees hired after 2013, the defined contribu- tion will be at $2.26 per hour by the end of the agreement, for all compensated hours. Gains were also made with increases in health and welfare, vision, eye exams and orthodontics cover- age, says Unifor. The apprenticeship program will also be enhanced with pro- gressive wages starting at 80 per cent of the trade's wage. The committee also bargained a re- tirement incentive plan with a $25,000 lump sum payment, new equity language that strength- ened training hours for the wom- en's advocate, says the union. Waterloo, Ont. workers file "no- board" WATERLOO, Ont. — After more than a year of unproduc- tive negotiations, about 1,200 Regional Municipality of Wa- terloo workers in Ontario, rep- resented by CUPE filed for a "no-board," report on June 30 which initiated a 17-day count- down to a strike or a lockout. The workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 5191 and 1883, deliver services in- cluding the region's paramed- ics and logistics support, public health, childcare and social as- sistance. Both union locals have been without a contract for over a year, with the employer unre- sponsive to the bargaining pro- cess, says the union. "All we are looking for is the respect of the employer in rec- ognizing the value of our work- force. We deserve a fair deal," says Luke McCann, president of CUPE 5191 and an active para- medic. Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 Both CUPE locals are citing a lack of support from the em- ployer to address higher work- loads, poor workplace morale and lack of mental health sup- ports, says CUPE. Government reaches first contract for RCMP OTTAWA — The govern- ment of Canada and the RCMP reached a tentative agreement on June 28 with the National Police Federation (NPF) to es- tablish a first collective agree- ment for RCMP members and reservists. This agreement follows leg- islation passed in 2017 allowing RCMP regular members and re- servists to unionize and bargain collectively for the first time, says the government. This six-year tentative agree- ment applies to more than 19,000 RCMP regular members (below the rank of inspector) and RCMP reservists. "If ratified, the government will now have reached agree- ments covering 95 per cent of employees for this round of bar- gaining," says Jean-Yves Duclos, president of the Treasury Board of Canada. The RCMP provides policing services across Canada, includ- ing much of rural Canada, all of the Canadian North, and many towns and large urban areas. 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. 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