Canadian Labour Reporter

September 6, 2021

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Parks, recreation workers join CUPE PORT HOPE, Ont. — Parks and recreation workers at the Municipality of Port Hope in Ontario voted almost unani- mously on Aug. 13 to join the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE). They join workers in Port Hope's water and wastewater department and at the mu- nicipal library, who are already members of CUPE 749, says the union. "It can be challenging for the needs of outside workers to be- come priorities in the town hall, and Port Hope's parks and rec workers now have a stronger, safer way of raising issues with their employer," says Daniela Scarpelli, a CUPE representa- tive who was involved in the or- ganizing drive. First deal for Indigo Chapters in B.C. COQUITLAM, B.C. — Retail employees at Indigo Chapters in Coquitlam, B.C. ratified their first collective agreement on Aug. 30. "This first contract gives our members at Indigo Chap- ters Coquitlam better working conditions and a much-needed voice at work," says Dan Good- man, United Food and Com- mercial Workers (UFCW), Local 247 president. "The bar- gaining committee did an out- standing job ensuring the issues that led to unionization were at the core of every negotiated ar- ticle." Some of the contract high- lights include minimum-wage- increase protections, annual raises, seniority, improved scheduling language and paid sick days. Based in Surrey, B.C., UFCW, Local 247 represents more than 14,000 members working in various industries and frontline sectors. Howmet Canada employees join IAMAW LAVAL, Que. — Specializing in the manufacture of alumi- num castings for the aerospace industry, workers at Howmet Canada in Laval, Que., joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) on Aug. 23. "Over the course of our dis- cussions with the workers, we were able to build a relationship of trust and demonstrate our professionalism," says Alessan- Subscribe to Canada's indispensable guide to human resources management since 1987 dro Bernardelli, responsible for organizing for district 11. The Quebec labour board confirmed the union certifica- tion of the workers at Howmet Canada's Laval plant on Aug. 13, says the union. USW, AltaSteel ratify deal EDMONTON — Members of the United Steelworkers (USW), Local 5220 ratified their new tentative agreement on Aug. 16, that had been reached with AltaSteel in Edmonton. "AltaSteel has navigated the downturn without resorting to layoffs and this agreement sets a positive future for our mem- bers," says Paul Perreault, USW, Local 5220 president. "The new ownership is looking to make serious capital investments over the next four years and the term of the agreement provides job certainty and stability for the membership and the company." The employees had been working without a contract since the previous collective agreement expired on July 31, says USW. The new four-year agree- ment was accepted by 89 per cent of the members voting at three meetings, says the union. The agreement gives the mem- bership increases in wages, ben- efits and a DB pension plan, as well and increases extended to retirees, says USW. 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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