Canadian Labour Reporter

January 5, 2016

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PM #40065782 Labour Reporter Canadian Vacation policy muddles holiday planning THE PULP, Paper and Wood- workers' union sought an interim order pending a grievance deter- mination at one of its pulp manu- facturers in British Columbia, Zellstoff Celgar. The mill, in Castlegar, was pur- chased by the employer in 2005. In 2012, it decided to take steps to make the mill more profitable and ensure its continued operation. So between July and September of 2013, the company under- took a restructuring process that January 5, 2016 ARBITRATION AWARDS see Collective agreements > pg. 3 External circumstances affect employment pg. 8 Canadian Blood Services Centres pg. 3 Halifax Regional Water Commission pg. 4 Halifax Regional Water Commission pg. 4 Burnco Rock Products pg. 5 Pacific Western Transportation pg. 5 Van-Kam Freight pg. 6 TransAlta Generation Partnership pg. 6 MVT pg. 6 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Photo: Courtesy of NSGEU pg. 2 Uber to unionize? Seattle in December be- came the first U.S. city to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Looking forward to 2016 Legislative changes in Nova Scotia, Ontario among union concerns BY LIZ FOSTER LOOKING AHEAD to 2016, Canadian Labour Reporter decided to talk to union leaders and a legal expert to hear about the opportunities and challeng- es they anticipate in labour relations in the coming months. Regaining confidence Joan Jessome — president of the Nova Scotia Gov- ernment and General Employees Union (NSGEU) — announced her intention to move on after 17 years as president. But Jessome said she still has big plans for the union's future. She said NSGEU will be working in 2016 to galvanize workers after a year of being bat- tered. "This government has been vicious," Jessome said. "They've been able to pit the public against the pub- lic sector. And this has been an issue for the public see Unions > pg. 7 EDUCATION York University Toronto (750 teaching assistants) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3903 Renewal agreement: Effective Sept. 1, 2014, to Aug. 31, 2017. Ratified on March 31, 2015. Signed on March 31, 2015. Wage adjustments: Effective Sept. 1, 2015: 1.5% Effective Sept. 1, 2016: 1.5% Calculated by CLR. see Arbitration > pg 8 The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) will focus on supporting employees doing temporary and precarious work in the coming months.

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