Canadian Labour Reporter

October 31, 2016

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Workers ratify deal with Town of Midland, Ont. MIDLAND, Ont. — Members of Ontario Public Service Em- ployees Union (OPSEU) Local 328, representing outside work- ers with the Town of Midland, Ont., have ratified a tentative agreement reached. Negotiations began in June but stalled in September. At the union's request, the Ministry of Labour issued a "no-board" re- port, thereby triggering a 17-day countdown to a strike. However, last-minute media- tion avoided a labour disruption. Midland council seems to have a taste for brinkmanship, noting that workers had to resort to a strike mandate in 2014 to get the town to bargain seriously said Warren (Smokey) Thomas OPSEU president. "This time, outside workers were bending over backwards to get a deal," said Thomas. "And while councillors are the only part-time town workers with benefits, they tried to rob full- time workers of their drug and dental benefits." Local 328 represents the town's parks and recreation, operations and water and wastewater staff. eatre staff sign new agreement ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. — Workers at the Theatre du cuivre in Rouyn-Noranda, Que., signed a new collective agreement and have a contract in place through Dec. 2021. "We were very pleased with the negotiation process as it took only a single meeting to resolve all issues," said Marjolaine Bou- tin Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representa- tive. "Workers will be getting an average pay increase of 2.7 per cent per year." The local represents Theatre du cuivre employees including assistant technicians, commu- nications officers and technician helpers. The new six-year contract in- cludes adjustments to the work schedule for tearing down after shows as well as conditions gov- erning layoffs and callbacks for events. The previous collective agree- ment had expired on Dec. 31, 2015. Agreement reached at Scarborough, Ont., support services SCARBOROUGH, Ont. — Hours before a midnight strike deadline, 48 workers represent- ed by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) in Local 518 reached a tentative deal with Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services (SAFSS) in Scarborough, Ont. "We are so thrilled and proud of our members for persevering through these 18 months of ne- gotiations, and we thank them for their tenacity," said Valentina Khoudiakova, Local 518 bar- gaining chair. "They all stood strong, and they made it hap- pen." Details of the contract — Lo- cal 518's first as members of OP- SEU — will not be released until it is ratified. LABOUR BRIEFS 2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2016 FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 Published weekly by omson Reuters Canada Ltd. Subscription rate: $595 per year Customer Service Tel: (416) 609-3800 (Toronto) (800) 387-5164 (outside Toronto) Fax: (416) 298-5106 Email: carswell.customerrelations@ Website: Director, Carswell Media Karen Lorimer Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Todd Humber Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 649-7896 News Editor John Dujay | (416) 298-5129 Contributing Editor Jeff rey R. Smith Marketing Co-ordinator Keith Fulford | (416) 649-9585 © 2016 Carswell, a division of omson Reuters Canada 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, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher. 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 offi cial or unoffi cial 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 for more information. Labour Reporter Canadian Photo: Mark Makela (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A West Chester University student places a sign atop a sculpture of the ram mascot during a demonstration with university employees who failed to reach a contract deal with the state education system in West Chester, Penn., on Oct. 19.

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