Canadian Labour Reporter

March 14, 2016

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PM #40065782 Labour Reporter Canadian Hundreds of bus routes flipped under RFP system in Toronto area Union calls for consistency in contract procurement BY LIZ FOSTER THE CONTRACTS for more than 450 Toronto- area bus routes were flipped in late February as part of the province's request for proposals (RFP) system. But the system will lead to instability for drivers, parents and — especially concerning — students, said Unifor, Ontario's largest school bus driver union. "This isn't developing a stronger service," said Uni- for researcher Angelo DiCaro. "The system is just get- ting weaker and weaker." Pilot RFPs were implemented throughout the prov- ince beginning in 2009, with a full transition to the RFP system required in time for the 2013-14 school year. The mandate came from the Ministry of Educa- tion in an effort to have school boards adhere to the public sector procurement directive. March 14, 2016 ARBITRATION AWARDS see Collective agreements > pg. 3 Nurse denied benefits pg. 8 BC Automobile Association pg. 3 Municipality of Wood Buffalo pg. 3 Seaville Transport pg. 4 Canadian Niagara Hotels pg. 4 Bearskin Air Service pg. 5 Dependable Mechanical pg. 5 Rogers Media pg. 6 Electrical Power Systems pg. 6 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Photo: Mike Stone (Reuters) pg. 2 Deals reached in Toronto Mayor John Tory said con- tracts have been reached with the city's inside and outside workers. ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS see Arbitration > pg 8 see RFP > pg. 7 B.C. cop denied relocation DETECTIVE Sergeant Mike de- Laronde received noticed he was being relocated within British Columbia — but then was denied a relocation not only by his em- ployer but an arbitrator also. DeLaronde, an officer since 1998, was informed he would have to relocate from Nanaimo to Prince George, Kamloops or Chilliwack in February 2015. He was given the options of relocat- ing, accepting severance, take early retirement if he was eligible or being placed in a job vacancy. DeLaronde chose placement. But when it came time for him to relocate, no placement was made available, so he filed a grievance alongside his union, the British MUNICIPALITY Town of Fort Smith Fort Smith, N.W.T. (65 inside and outside workers) and the Pub- lic Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2018. Signed on July 15, 2015. Wage adjustments: Effective Jan. 1, 2015: 1.5% Effective Jan. 1, 2016: 2% Effective Jan. 1, 2017: 2.25% Effective Jan. 1, 2018: 2.25% Unifor is calling for changes to the current procurement system for school bus routes in Ontario, including protections for drivers' employment and wages.

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