Canadian Labour Reporter

August 30, 2021

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PM #40065782 AN ONTARIO utility discrimi- nated against four employees who had to use vacation leave for childcare when they were ordered to return to the physical work- place during the COVID-19 pan- demic, an arbitrator has ruled. At the beginning of the pan- demic, electricity provider Hydro Ottawa issued a working-from- home protocol for employees ef- fective March 17, 2020. Three months later, it provided a "Return to the Workplace and New Normal" plan in which em- ployees were to work on a stag- gered basis, alternating one week New deal signed With almost 90-per-cent approval, part-time staff at Ontario colleges vote to accept new three-year contract FIRE FIGHTING e City of Hamilton Hamilton (197 volunteer firefighters) and the Greater Hamilton Volunteer Firefighters Association, CLAC Local 911 Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2023. Ratified in February 2021. Signed on Jan. 1, 2020. Wage adjustments: Effective Jan. 1, 2020: 1.6% Effective Jan. 1, 2021: 1.6% Effective Jan. 1, 2022: 1.6% Effective Jan. 1, 2023: 1.6% see Collective agreements > pg. 3 see Hydro Ottawa > pg.8 Newfoundland Power worker fired after theft of electricity, dishonesty come to light A NEWFOUNDLAND and Labrador arbitrator has upheld the termination of an electrical worker after he hooked up an unmetered streetlight and wasn't honest about it. The worker was hired in 2007 as a power line technician (PLT) apprentice by Newfoundland Power, a utility providing electricity in Newfound- land and Labrador. In 2016, he was promoted to the position of PLT lead-hand, which carried responsibility for leading crews, mentoring, coaching, providing safety lead- ership and overseeing work planning. Newfoundland Power had a code of conduct re- quiring employees to be ethical and honest, while acting with integrity and credibility at all times. The worker was aware of the code and signed a statement confirming that he had received a copy in 2014. In September 2018, an engineering technician for the utility noticed a streetlight installed on a custom- er's pole that was connected with Newfoundland August 30, 2021 see Technician > pg.7 Capital Power — Alberta pg. 3 Construction Labour Relations Association of British Columbia — British Columbia pg. 4 General Presidents' Maintenance Agreement (Dow Chemical/ Shell Canada) — Alberta pg. 5 The Corporation of the City of Kingston — Ontario pg. 5 Photo: peterspiro (iStock) 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 Return to office discriminates against employees with kids

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