Canadian Labour Reporter

July 3, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 Swissport IAM members ratify contract ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Swissport workers at the St. John's airport ratified a new deal June 20 with an 84 per cent acceptance, said the union. The group of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) members was the last of a Canada-wide bargaining ef- fort by Swissport that began in Vancouver and worked its way east resulting in negotiations beginning several months after the expiration date of the old agreement of Aug. 31, 2016, ac- cording to the union. With the ratification, mem- bers will receive retroactive payments for all hours worked including overtime, stat holi- days and premiums back to Sept. 1, 2016. They will receive wage in- creases for the remainder of the new agreement beginning Sept. 1, 2017. The lead hand premium provides an addition- al $3 per hour, said the IAM. "In between, we rejected lump-sum payments in lieu of retro pay and refused wage of- fers that were insulting," said Ken Russell, IAM transporta- tion district lodge 140 general chairperson. "These members have expe- rienced the cutthroat effects of their employer being bought and sold from Hudson General to Globe Ground North Amer- ica to Penauille Servisair to Servisair and now Swissport," said Russell. Freedom Mobile's fi rst contract at conciliation WINDSOR, Ont. — Negotia- tions for a first collective agree- ment between the United Steel- workers (USW) and Freedom Mobile in Windsor, Ont., en- tered the conciliation phase, said the union. A federal labour conciliation officer has convened meet- ings between the company and the union in an effort to help reach a settlement, according to USW. Freedom Mobile — previ- ously known as Wind Mobile — was purchased in 2015 by Shaw Communications. The 185 customer-care em- ployees at Freedom Mobile's Windsor call centre joined the USW in January and bargaining began in late March. "Shaw recently had its best quarterly subscriber perfor- mance in five years. And its $1.3-billion revenue for the sec- ond quarter was up by over 13 per cent from the previous year. Windsor call-centre workers helped deliver that success – they work hard and deserve a fair deal," said Ken Neumann, USW national director. Four Villages health workers join OPSEU TORONTO — Staff at the Four Villages Community Health Centre in Toronto voted in favour of becoming members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In a vote the week of June 12, 58 staff members at the centre's two locations in west-end To- ronto elected to join OPSEU af- ter a short organizing drive, said the union. Four Villages is a non-profit primary health care facility that was first established in 1991. Photo: Costas Baltas (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Municipal workers scuf e with police of cers at the main entrance of the parliament building during a rally against job layoffs affecting their sector in Athens, on June 22. 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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