Canadian Labour Reporter

June 19, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 OPSEU, agency sign pay equity deal NEWMARKET, Ont. — The Ontario Public Service Employ- ees Union (OPSEU) have signed a settlement with Community Living Newmarket/Aurora, said the union. A total of 339 past and present support workers at the agency will receive pay equity adjust- ments retroactive to 2010, total- ing around $1,390,000. All ad- justments will be paid out by Jan. 31, 2018, according to OPSEU. "The employer was clear about wanting to fulfill its obli- gation to fully achieve pay equity, and we were able to agree on a plan within just four meetings." said Kelly Holmes, OPSEU Local 386 president. The Pay Equity Act — which became law in 1988 — requires Ontario employers to identify instances of gender-based wage discrimination and make pay- ments to eliminate it. However, many employers continue to evade their legal ob- ligations, and OPSEU has been working to ensure the law is en- forced, said the union. OPSEU currently represents 229 members working at Community Living Newmarket/ Aurora who provide support for individuals living with disabilities. Sleeman- Unibroue workers strike in Quebec CHAMBLY, Que. — After a breakdown in negotiations, about 80 workers at Sleeman- Unibroue in Chambly, Que., went on strike June 8. The workers are members of Teamsters Local Union 931. A final offer from the compa- ny was presented on June 3 and was rejected by 93 per cent of workers, said the union. "We want to make it clear that salaries and pensions are not an issue," said Gerry Boutin, presi- dent of local 931. Seniority rights are at the heart of the labour dispute, ac- cording to Teamsters. More than 200 grievances were filed in recent months. Acrimonious labour relations led to problems at the bargaining table, said the union. Negotiations began on Nov. 7, 2016, but after one meeting with the employer, Teamsters asked for help from a mediator. Swissport cargo workers ratify contract VANCOUVER —Warehouse workers for Swissport in Van- couver ratified their first collec- tive agreement June 6. "The majority of this group had been underpaid for many years so when they were told that the average wage increase was $3.17 an hour, they were overjoyed," said Todd Haver- stock, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) transportation district lodge 140 chairperson. "When you tell a worker who makes just under $120 an hour that this agreement will give them a $4.94-an-hour raise with a chance to earn another $4 an hour in premiums if they qualify, it's not hard to under- stand why they ratified," said Haverstock Swissport workers also re- ceived a signing bonus ranging from $750 to $2,000, depending on seniority, said the union. The 17 members prepare air cargo at the Vancouver airport. Photo: Baz Ratner (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Nurses on strike march holding banners as they take part in a protest in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 12 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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