Canadian Labour Reporter

June 12, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 Staff laid off ; new managers hired: Union SASKATOON — While aca- demic and support staff are be- ing laid off to deal with budget cuts, Saskatchewan Polytech- nic continues to create addi- tional managerial positions, said the Saskatchewan Gov- ernment and General Employ- ees' Union (SGEU). "It's frustrating that Sas- katchewan Polytechnic would claim that budget cuts are forc- ing it to eliminate much-need- ed staff positions, and then promptly turn around and hire new managers," said Bonnie Bond, chair of SGEU's profes- sional services bargaining unit, which represents non-academ- ic staff at Saskatchewan Poly- technic. The union said it has raised concerns with the school's leadership about the rapidly in- creasing number of managerial positions at the institute dur- ing the last three years. In the 2015-16 academic year alone, the number of manage- rial positions increased by 33 per cent — from 113 positions to 150 positions — according to SGEU. "They have added more lev- els of bureaucracy, instead of directing funds to front-line student instruction and sup- port," said Bond. On April 26 — a week after Saskatchewan Polytechnic gave layoff notices to 23 em- ployees — both SGEU and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Association were no- tified that the post-secondary institute intends to hire anoth- er employee for a newly created managerial position, said the union. "The funds that are being spent to increase the size of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic's management team should in- stead be used to maintain exist- ing staff positions and to fill the numerous positions that have been left vacant," said Bond. Unifor, PPWC, Canfor sign sector agreement PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Pattern bargaining for Western Canada's pulp and paper sec- tor has concluded with a four- year tentative agreement signed June 1 by Unifor, the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), and Canfor Pulp. "The tentative agreement signed today reflects the impor- tant contributions of our mem- bers at pulp and paper work- places across the West," said Joie Warnock, Unifor's western regional director. The tentative agreement with Canfor Pulp will set the pattern for Unifor and PPWC's 17 other pulp and paper mills in B.C. and Alberta, according to the union. Winnipeg Aramark workers sign WINNIPEG — Employees at Aramark Refreshments in Win- nipeg unanimously voted in favour of a new three-year col- lective agreement May 24 that brings wage increases and ben- efit improvements, according to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW) Lo- cal 832. The new contract provides a 2.5 per cent wage increase in each year of the agreement, with the first increase retroactive to Oct. 1, 2016. Photo: Amit Dave (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A woman sits outside a closed chemist shop during the nationwide strike by the chemists against what they say is the government's plan to regulate the sale of drugs through an e-platform, in Ahmedabad, India, on May 30. 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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