Canadian Labour Reporter

December 5, 2016

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Strike averted at Vancouver airport with agreement VANCOUVER — A strike has been averted at Vancouver In- ternational Airport after a new collective agreement has been reached between the Interna- tional Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Swissport Canada. "We came to an agreement with the employer late Saturday evening with the exception of the baggage service operations wages which will proceed to binding arbitration," said Todd Haverstock, IAM transporta- tion district lodge 140 general chairperson. The three-year agreement provides: wage parity for Swis- sport ramp employees, an enhanced wage scale for air- craft groomers, an enhanced lump-sum payment for Ser- visair (which is a subsidiary of Swissport) ramp employees, enhanced longevity pay and improved sick-time credits for Swissport employees, according to the union. The 855 members of lodge 16 provide ramp and grooming services as well as operate and maintain the entire baggage belt systems at Vancouver Interna- tional Airport. G & K Services employees ratify contract VAUGHAN, Ont. — United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW) Local 1006A members working at G & K Services, a uniform service company, have ratified a new five-year collective agreement. The contract is retroac- tive to Jan, 1, 2016, and covers 300 members at 12 locations throughout Ontario. Major highlights of the new agreement include: wage in- creases of 2.5 per cent in every year of the agreement, signifi- cant increases to the health and welfare plan and pension plan, improved contract language to ensure that workers have stability and maintain union representation in the event of a change in workplace loca- tion. and better language for job postings for permanent vacan- cies to ensure greater opportu- nity for workers in a wide range of classifications. "With the solidarity and sup- port of the membership, our union negotiating committee did a tremendous job in achiev- ing a strong and fair contract that provides major gains and much- needed stability for workers at G & K Services," said Wayne Han- ley, president of UFCW Canada local 1006A. USW ratifi es agreement with Telus VANCOUVER — United Steel- workers (USW) have ratified a new collective agreement with Telus. The bargaining commit- tee conducted meetings across Canada during October to vote on the tentative settlement. Bal- lots were counted on Nov. 23, with 68 per cent of ballots cast in favour of acceptance, said the union. The new agreement has a six- year term, with lump-sum pay- ments and two per cent wage increases in each of the agree- ment's last three years, accord- ing to the union. 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: Yves Herman (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Demonstrators wear masks depicting Belgian Labour Minister Kris Peeters (L), Health Minister Maggie De Block (C) and Prime Minister Charles Michel (R) during a rally organized by workers of Belgian public health, social and cultural sectors in Brussels, on Nov. 24, 2016.

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