Canadian Labour Reporter

November 14, 2016

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USW reaches agreements with nuclear laboratories CHALK RIVER, Ont. — The United Steelworkers (USW) has reached new collective agree- ments with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) that re- solve pension issues caused by the privatization of the former Atomic Energy of Canada Lim- ited, according to the union. About 360 members of USW Local 4096 work at the CNL re- search facility in Chalk River, Ont. The facility operated for decades as a Crown corporation before the federal government decided it would be privatized. It is now operated by the Cana- dian National Energy Alliance (CNEA). USW Local 4096 members ratified three-year collective agreements covering two groups of CNL employees. One agree- ment covers 200 office and cleri- cal workers and the other covers about 160 utility workers includ- ing radiation contamination monitors, labourers and related employees, said the union. As part of the privatization of AECL, the federal government decided affected employees would not be allowed to remain in their federal, public sector pension plan after 2018, forcing employees to find an alternative, according to the union. The new collective agree- ments negotiated by the USW will create a new multi-employ- er, multi-union pension plan, known as the Canadian Energy and Related Industries Pension Plan. The boards of directors of the CNEA and CNL are expect- ed to ratify the pension plan by Nov. 15. "Given the privatization deci- sions made by the federal gov- ernment, this new plan is the best-possible alternative," said said Marty Warren USW On- tario director. The new collective agree- ments ratified by USW Local 4096 members include several changes to contract language to protect employee rights and benefits. The agreement for of- fice and clerical workers also will provide wage progressions of two per cent each year, while the contract for utility workers in- cludes total wage increases of 4.5 per cent over 3 years, additional increases for senior contamina- tion monitors and a lump-sum payment of $600, according to the union. OPSEU signs equal pay deal with LCBO TORONTO — The union rep- resenting 7,500 Liquor Con- trol Board of Ontario (LCBO) workers has signed a deal with the province of Ontario to make equal pay for equal work a real- ity for thousands of LCBO cus- tomer service representatives (CSRs), according to the union. The agreement arose from a union complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario by members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OP- SEU). In the complaint, OPSEU said the LCBO's pay structure for CSRs in its stores and depots discriminated against workers in the female-dominated casual classification. "As a result of this deal, more than 4,000 casuals will be on a pay grid that takes them to the top rate earned by full-time per- manent staff," said Denise Davis, chair of the liquor board em- ployees division of OPSEU. " Details are still to be negoti- ated. 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: Carlos Vera (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A woman using a crutch prepares to throw a stone toward a riot police vehicle during a strike against the national pension system in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 4, 2016.

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