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October 31, 2016

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PM #40065782 Labour Reporter Canadian October 31, 2016 B.C. worker's clean record deserves leniency: Arbitrator 60-day suspension for insubordination, swearing reduced to 20 days BY JEFFREY R. SMITH A 60-DAY suspension for insubordinate and threat- ening behaviour for a British Columbia worker with a previously clean record was too harsh, an arbitrator has ruled. Montreal-based aluminum mining and produc- tion company Rio Tinto Alcan hired Geoffrey Watt to be an equipment operator at its Kitimat, B.C., works in 2005. Watt became a union safety representative in 2008 and was chief area representative for the reduc- tion department a year later. In 2013, he became co- chair of the plant's safety committee. On Oct. 28, 2013, Watt was part of a crew doing ARBITRATION AWARDS Airlines workers' 'no-evidence' motion rejected by arbitrator pg. 8 Corporation of the County of Lanark — Ontario pg. 3 Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 41 — Alberta pg. 4 Garda Security Screening — Saskatchewan pg. 4 Health Employers Association of British Columbia — British Columbia pg. 5 Kennametal — British Columbia pg. 5 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Photo: Andresr (Shutterstock) pg. 2 Midland deal reached Ontario town's outside workers ratify last-minute deal, despite 'no- board' report ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS see Safety > pg. 7 MANUFACTURING Aqua-Pak Styro Containers Surrey, B.C. (20 production and maintenance workers) and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2009 Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 15, 2016, to Jan. 14, 2019. Signed on March 15, 2016. Wage adjustments: Effective Jan. 15, 2016: 2% Effective Jan. 15, 2017: 2% Effective Jan. 15, 2018: 2% Shift premium: Afternoon Strategies for Workplace Conflic ts, Dec. 6-8, 2016: Toronto Learn Practical and Effective Conflict Resolution Skills for Managing Ever yday Workplace Disputes NEW PROGRAM! see Collective agreements > pg. 3 see Arbitration > pg 6 Edmonton worker fired after testing positive for marijuana AFTER FALLING into a trench on top of another worker, Jamie Petraschuk was ordered by his employer to test for the presence of marijuana in his system. He was found to have a higher level of the drug than was allowed in the collective agreement. A safety committee at Epcor Utili- ties in Edmonton then ruled Pe- traschuk should be given a five- day suspension for a violation of the drug and alcohol policy. But after an Epcor Utilities

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