Canadian Labour Reporter

May 15, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 D-J Composites bargaining bad-faith: N.L. board GANDER, N.L. — The New- foundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board ruled on May 3 that U.S.-owned D-J Compos- ites violated section 75 of the La- bour Relations Act by engaging in bad-faith bargaining with its Gander, N.L., employees. "This is an exceptionally im- portant decision that reinforces what Unifor has been saying all along — that this employer was not interested in reaching a fair contract with its employees," said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlan- tic regional director. "D-J Com- posites introduced proposals that no reasonable union would agree to. In our nion's opinion, these proposals were designed to lengthen the lockout." D-J Composites has been or- dered to remove all proposals that attempt to eliminate senior- ity-based rights for Unifor Local 597 members and is further or- dered to deliver a new offer — without the offending propos- als — to the union within seven days, according to Unifor. The 32 aerospace workers have been locked out by the em- ployer since Dec. 19, 2016. Tentative deal between CUPE, CHS TORONTO — The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 2073 — repre- senting 227 workers at the Ca- nadian Hearing Society (CHS) — reached a tentative settlement May 8. The tentative deal ended a nine-week-old strike that started March 6. Mediated talks were fa- cilitated by third-party mediator John Stout over four and a half days in Toronto, said the union. No details of the settlement will be released until the mem- bership has had the opportunity to vote, which is set for May 12. The earliest possible date work- ers could be back on the job is May 15, according to CUPE. "I'm pleased to say we now have a resolution," said Stacey Connor, president of Local 2073. Nipawin, Sask., school caretakers join CUPE NIPAWIN, Sask. — Public school caretakers in Nipawin, Sask., voted to unionize with the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE) on May 2. The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board issued a cer- tification order that brings a dozen more workers into CUPE Local 4875, which represents more than 300 education sup- port workers in the North East School Division. Since last fall — when the provincial government com- missioned a report on education restructuring — standard con- cerns around job security, wages and benefits have been height- ened for workers in K-12 educa- tion, said the union. Such concerns only increased following the release of the 2017 - 2018 provincial budget, which proposed $22 million in cuts to K-12 education, a 3.5 per cent wage rollback for pub- lic sector workers followed by a wage freeze and changes to The Education Act in budget Bill 63, which would dramatically reduce the decision-making au- thority of local school boards, said CUPE. Photo: Khaled Abdullah (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Women walk past a pile of rubbish bags on a street on May 9 during a strike by garbage collectors demanding delayed salaries in Sanaa, Yemen. 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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