Canadian Labour Reporter

July 24, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 Rio Tinto workers vote to strike KITIMAT, B.C. — On July 14, members of Unifor Local 2301 in Kitimat, B.C., voted 99.5 per cent in favour of a strike at the aluminium smelter if a fair deal cannot be reached at the bar- gaining table. "Rio Tinto has created a cli- mate of extreme disrespect in the workplace, and it should be no surprise that these work- ers are fed up," said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. "Rio Tinto has work to do if it wants to reach a fair deal without dis- ruption at the smelter." Over the term of the last col- lective agreement, Rio Tinto has pushed workers aggres- sively — including violating the collective agreement with man- datory overtime — failing to provide adequate washroom fa- cilities and accruing more than 500 outstanding grievances for a workplace of 900, according to the union. Unifor Local 2301 said the current contract negotiations have been extremely difficult. "If the company doesn't change its behaviour fast, there should be no doubt that our members are prepared to exer- cise their legal right to strike," said Sean O'Driscoll, Local 2301 president. Sisley Honda strike avoided THORNHILL, Ont. — The 55 newest members of the Interna- tional Association of Machin- ists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local Lodge 235 ratified their first collective agreement with Sisley Honda on July 11, which provides significant wage increases over the life of the contract. "If we hadn't ratified this deal last night, we would have been on the street with picket signs this morning," said Jim Snider, IAM District Lodge 78 business representative. Other agreement highlights include: • inclusion in the IAM pension plan • introduction of the Honda Training Program Bonus, which amounts to increases of $1 to $2 per hour depending upon qualifications in addi- tion to regular hourly wages. • introduction of a grievance procedure The 55 members include mechanics, service techni- cians, service advisors, service cashiers, hostesses, detailers, carwashers, valets, lube techni- cians and custodians. The IAM represents more than 1,500 workers in the auto- motive sector across Canada. Conciliation for Ontario college faculty TORONTO — The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has asked the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliator in its contract ne- gotiations with the College Em- ployer Council. "While the management team claims in their public commu- nications to be seeking integrity in negotiations and a positive relationship between the union and management, their ac- tions say the opposite," said JP Hornick, chair of the bargaining team. The 12,000 college faculty represented by OPSEU are us- ing the context of the college system's 50th anniversary to propose a better plan for col- leges, according to the union. The agreement expires on Sept. 30, 2017. Photo: Rupak De Chowdhuri (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A man gets a shave from a roadside barber in front of closed clothes shops during a strike to protest against goods and services tax on textiles in Kolkata, India, on July 13. 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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