Canadian Labour Reporter

May 29, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 Canna Clinic staff vote to join Unifor TORONTO — Workers at Canna Clinic in Toronto voted to join Unifor May 17, making them what is believed to be the first medical marijuana workers in Canada to unionize, said the union. "This is a fast-growing indus- try, and with the advent of legal- ization, it is important that the workers have a voice and repre- sentation as the sector evolves over the coming years," said Jerry Dias, Unifor president. In all, 40 employees at the clin- ic's Broadview Avenue location are now members of Unifor. The union will begin to negotiate a first contract, said Unifor. Safety and staff training are among the main concerns for the workers, according to John Aman, Unifor organizing direc- tor. "These workers turned to Uni- for because they want to build careers in the industry, which is expected to grow rapidly with legalization next year, and are seeking help for fair working conditions." Canna has five other clin- ics in Toronto, as well as one in Vancouver. The workers include reception, production and pack- aging and retail staff, as well as supervisors, said the union. Unifor reaches deal with Imperial Oil NANTICOKE, Ont. — The Unifor bargaining committee representing 169 workers at the Nanticoke Imperial Oil facility in Nanticoke, Ont., reached a tentative collective agreement with the employer May 16. "I'm very proud of the skill shown by the bargaining team to get us a fair deal that match- es the pattern Unifor set in the industry," said Dan Valente, Unifor national representative. Unifor bargained a pattern agreement for the energy and chemical sector in 2016. The Nanticoke agreement will be consistent with the gains made in the pattern agreement, said the union. The local's membership will vote on the tentative agree- ment on May 18. The current collective agree- ment expired more than one year ago and bargaining has been periodic since March 2016. Local 900 represents em- ployees working in operations, laboratory, maintenance in- strumentation and electrical. Garda Security workers ratify agreement THUNDER BAY, Ont. — As part of new contract, United Food and Commercial Work- ers Canada (UFCW) members will receive both lump-sum payments and rate increases over the term of the collective agreement, according to the union. This includes rate increases totalling 5.75 per cent, premi- ums equivalent to $1.10 per hour added to the existing ba- sic rates of pay and lump sums totalling $1,400 for full-time workers and $700 for part-time members, said UFCW. Effective April 1, 2018, Gar- da workers will also receive a short-term disability plan that is added to their health and welfare coverage. As well, the employer will now contribute $50 toward the cost of the required medical ex- amination for employees, said the union. Photo: Alkis (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Greek police of cers shout slogans and hold ares during a demonstration of uniformed of cers marking a 24-hour general strike against the latest round of austerity in Athens, on May 17. 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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