Canadian Labour Reporter

June 26, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 B.C. hotel bargaining begins: Unifor VANCOUVER — Several ho- tels in downtown Vancouver and Victoria are in bargain- ing with Unifor this summer as hospitality workers seek to share in the economic success of the hotel industry, said the union. "We look forward to bar- gaining fair wages and healthy working conditions in Van- couver and Victoria hotels," said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. Workers at the Hotel Van- couver, the Coast Coal Har- bour, the Residence Inn, and the Hotel Grand Pacific are looking to make gains during a time in which they are enjoying strong sales and profits. They will join Unifor mem- bers at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, who made substantial gains in 2016 bargaining, ac- cording to the union. Unifor will deal with core workplace issues such as re- ducing housekeeping work- loads and increasing gratuities, but the union is also eager to enshrine social justice lan- guage in the new contracts, in- cluding a program dealing with domestic abuse and funding a women's advocate, according to Unifor. Quebec crossing guards reject agreement DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — At a general meeting on June 12, Drummondville, Que., school crossing guards rejected the agreement in principle reached on May 11 between the City and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The crossing guards have availed themselves of their right to strike, which they will exercise at the appropriate time, said the union. "Despite being in excellent fi- nancial health, Drummondville still refuses to present an offer that would enable the crossing guards to match the salaries of those in comparable cities. In addition, the city does not want to address the important issue of paying for scheduled leave," said Nina Laflamme, CUPE union representative. The salaries of these crossing guards were barely higher than minimum wage for 20 years. They do not have any kind of uniform, are not given any sick or moveable leave and experi- ence administrative difficulties with the employer, according to CUPE. "The crossing guards certainly do not feel respected or recog- nized for the work they do. But it's particularly disturbing not to have the first agreement after more than a year of talks," said Laflamme. PSAC, NCC talks break off OTTAWA — After three days of bargaining, negotiations between Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the National Capital Commission (NCC) broke off June 14 with no progress and no agreement, said PSAC. The parties have been in bar- gaining since Feb. 2015, when the two sides exchanged propos- als and demands. For two years, the NCC refused to negotiate in good faith, according to PSAC. The union had filed for concil- iation in Jan. 2017, but the pro- cess was put on hold after a few weeks in order to give bargaining another chance, said the union. Photo: Max Rossi (Reuters) LABOUR LENS People queue for a taxi during a 24-hour national public transport strike at Termini central station in Rome on June 16. 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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