Canadian Labour Reporter

May 1, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 CUPE fi les unfair labour practice complaint TORONTO — Lawyers for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2073 — representing 227 striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) in Toronto — filed an unfair labour practice complaint April 21 with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). The workers have been on strike since March 6. In its submissions to the OLRB, the union contended the employer had violated the Ontario Labour Relations Act in multiple ways. The act says where there is a bargaining agent — a union — representing workers, the employer may not attempt to "direct deal" with individual employees. The CHS did so on April 7, when it couriered 227 individual offers to striking workers at their home address- es, according to the union. "Repeatedly, the CHS has sought to prolong this strike rather than resolve it," said Barbara Wilker-Frey, CUPE national representative. "They took over three weeks to come back to the table after the strike began." The union's complaint out- lines that in addition to direct dealing, the CHS also shared information with striking workers that it never tabled in negotiations. The CHS also sent out false financial infor- mation to employees, which differs from figures used at the bargaining table, said CUPE. The 227 workers have not had a wage increase in four years, according to the union. They are counsellors, lit- eracy instructors, audiologists, speech language pathologists, interpreters/interpreter train- ers, clerical support, program coordinators, program assis- tants, and information tech- nology specialists, said the union. SMILE of St. Malo workers ratify contract ST. MALO, Man. — United Food and Commercial Work- ers Canada (UFCW) workers at SMILE of St. Malo in Manitoba ratified a new two-year agree- ment April 20. SMILE of St. Malo is an orga- nization that provides support and services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Members will receive wage in- creases of two per cent each year of the deal, according to UFCW. In addition, members receive an increase to sick-time payout, a 20-year seniority premium, and increases to the existing pre- miums for long-standing em- ployees, said the union. Community living centre workers sign agreement CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. — Members of the Ontario Pub- lic Service Employees Union (OPSEU), Local 316, ratified an agreement April 23 that was reached with Community Liv- ing Campbellford/Brighton in Ontario bringing a month-long strike to an end. The key issue of personal ve- hicles being a condition of em- ployment was settled, and work- ers will not be required to use their own cars for work-related duties. Photo: Rafael Marchante (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Police of cers protest for better work conditions near the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, on April 20. LABOUR BRIEFS 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

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