Canadian Labour Reporter

July 26, 2021

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PM #40065782 A BRITISH Columbia employer wrongly disciplined a worker who was denied his right to refuse overtime and left after working some overtime, an arbitrator has ruled. Ridge Meadows Recycling So- ciety operates a recycling depot in Maple Ridge, B.C. The collective agreement allowed employees the right to refuse overtime based on seniority, as long as "trucks are staffed until the completion of all routes." Employees were required to advise the supervisor by noon if they were unable to work until the route was completed. Tentative agreement About 520 staff members at Halifax's Northwood seniors centre reach new contract that addresses "key concerns" FINANCIAL SERVICES Northern Credit Union Various locations, Northern Ontario (163 administrative employees) and the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), Local No. 26 Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2022. Ratified in February 2020. Signed on Feb. 6, 2020. Wage adjustments: Effective Jan. 1, 2020: 2% Effective Jan. 1, 2021: 1.5% Effective Jan. 1, 2022: 1.5% Shift premium: $1 per hour for see Collective agreements > pg. 3 see Overtime > pg.8 Surrey, B.C. nurse's breaks too excessive, suspension for 'serious misconduct' not A BRITISH Columbia worker's two-day suspen- sion for taking breaks that were too long on two oc- casions was not excessive, despite the fact the inves- tigative interview was conducted over the telephone while the worker was sick with COVID-19 symp- toms, an arbitrator has ruled. Rachele Ram was a registered psychiatric nurse who was hired by the Fraser Health Authority in 2017 on a casual basis. In 2018, she began working in a full-time role in the mental health and substance abuse (MHSU) zone at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C. She normally worked four 11.5-hour shifts in a row — two days and two nights — followed by four days off. During her shifts, she was entitled to two 30-minute unpaid meal breaks and three 15-minute paid breaks. All the breaks had to be taken separately. Ram had no discipline on her record until early 2020, when the manager of the MHSU zone received July 26, 2021 see Interview > pg.8 General Presidents' Maintenance Agreement - Syncrude Canada/Albian Sands Energy— Alberta pg. 3 Goodlife Fitness Centres — Ontario pg. 4 Workers' Resource Centre — Alberta pg. 5 Access Communications Co-Operative — Saskatchewan pg. 6 Canadian Addiction Treatment Clinics — Ontario pg. 7 Strategies for Workplace Conclicts For more programs & dates, visit us at: Register today! Sep. 13-17, 2021 (11am-3pm EST) Managing Unionized Environments Sep. 14-17, 2021 (11:30am-5pm EST) CLR-Jun 28- 2021.qxp_Layout 1 2021-06-23 4:00 PM Page 1 ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS pg. 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Recycling worker punished after leaving job site during overtime

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