Canadian Labour Reporter

May 8, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 VICE workers sign fi rst agreement TORONTO — Canadian Me- dia Guild (CMG) members at VICE Canada ratified their first collective agreement May 1, with gains in salaries and ben- efits, stronger equity provisions and measures to protect editori- al independence, said the union. The deal was reached after nine months of negotiations and was agreed to on March 31. In a vote, the three-year agree- ment received the support of 94.7 per cent of voting members, according to the union. The collective agreement builds in pay equity provisions, provides general salary adjust- ments retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017, provides increased vacation, doubles the number of paid sick days, improves parental leave benefits, strengthens protec- tions for contract employees, and defends the right to do outside work, said CMG. Employees will see immediate salary increases ranging from two per cent to up to 52.5 per cent based on the new negoti- ated salary grid, with an average salary increase of nine per cent. "We organized because we all agreed that the long hours, cre- ative passion, and professional experience we were investing here were not being recognized fairly by management," said Maggie McCaw, member of the CMG negotiating committee. As a part of the new agree- ment, CMG and VICE will con- tinue to do periodic assessments to ensure pay equity is main- tained, said the union. Unifor, Loomis reach deal VANCOUVER — After months of bargaining, a four-year tenta- tive agreement between Unifor and Loomis Express was signed April 30. "The bargaining committee has secured a deal that includes strong gains for Loomis Express workers," said Todd Romanow, Unifor national representative. Unifor's members at Loomis Express have been bargaining since January 2017. In March, union members voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike if the company couldn't negotiate a fair agreement by early May, said the union. Job action would have af- fected all Loomis customers in eight provinces and potentially TransForce, which owns Loomis in Canada. Workers will vote on the con- tract during the next two weeks at separate meetings in each province, according to Unifor. Workers at Liberté in Quebec join UFCW SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — Workers at the Liberté yo- gurt plant in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., are the newest members of United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW) Local 1991P after voting to joining the union April 18. Quebec's labour tribunal cer- tified Local 1991P to represent the 190 plant employees at Lib- erté Saint-Hyacinthe, who work as pasteurizers, operators, gen- eral assistants, electromechani- cal technicians and instrumen- tation technicians, according to UFCW. Belonging to the Yoplait dairy products company, the Liberté plant produces Yop drinkable yogurts, as well as Liberté and Yoplait-branded products. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Flames from a burning cardboard dragon in a caddy are seen near French CRS riot police during clashes as part of the traditional May Day labour union march in Paris, on May 1. 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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