Canadian Labour Reporter

March 20, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 Amos, Que., workers sign agreement AMOS, Que. — About 80 workers with the City of Amos of Quebec signed a collective agreement March 7. Their previous agreement had expired on Dec. 31, 2011, how- ever, the wage clause had been renewed for the years 2012 to 2015. The texts of the normative clauses were revised for the en- tire collective agreement, which explains the length of the nego- tiation period, said the union. The new collective agreement covers the years 2016 to 2023, according to the union, Cana- dian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Employees get wage increases averaging 2.44 per cent for the years 2011 to 2019, with wage clauses to be negotiated for 2020 to 2023. At the normative level, there have been several gains, includ- ing: union leaves increased from 25 to 30 days a year; accumulated banked hours have also been in- creased; floating days may be taken in hours rather than by the day or half day; sick days can be taken in 30-minute increments and are payable at 100 per cent, said the union. Union members also got im- provements to social benefits, team leader bonuses and reten- tion bonuses, said CUPE. "The parties have agreed to meet to reach an agreement on adjustments to insurance pro- tections in order to reduce the cost, but overall we believe that it's a good agreement; 96 per cent of the union members voted in favour of this agreement," said Marjolaine Boutin, CUPE repre- sentative. With more than 110,000 members in Quebec, CUPE rep- resents about 70 per cent of the province's municipal employees, or 31,600 members. Long-term care workers join OPSEU KINGSTON, Ont. — Work- ers at the Waterford Retirement Residence in Kingston, Ont., voted March 10 in favour of join- ing the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). OPSEU won over employees by pledging to work at improv- ing wages and benefits and to strengthen job security, accord- ing to the union. The group of 83 employees voted to join OPSEU by a margin of greater than 75 per cent. "Work in long-term care fa- cilities and retirement homes is getting tougher as more and more places are privatized," said Joan Corradetti, chair of OP- SEU's long-term care division. ONA ratifi es deal with CCAC LONDON, Ont. — Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) health professionals ratified a new agreement with the South West Community Care Access Centre on March 9. The 446 ONA members serve the counties of Bruce, Grey, Hu- ron, Perth, London-Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin and Norfolk in Ontario. The RNs and allied health professionals had been working without a contract since March 31, 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: Website: Director, Media Solutions, Canada 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 Sales Manager Paul Burton | (416) 649-9928 Marketing Co-ordinator Keith Fulford | (416) 649-9585 © 2017 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: Jon Nazca (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A striking student raises his st as he takes part in a demonstration during a nationwide education strike in Malaga, Spain, on March 9. LABOUR BRIEFS

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