Canadian Labour Reporter

August 7, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 Nova Scotia workers accept conciliation HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia Government & General Em- ployees Union (NSGEU) has agreed to two conciliation dates on August 8 and 9 with the Nova Scotia Public Service Commis- sion instead of the two dates that had been set aside for a hearing with the Labour Board. Government has assured the NSGEU and the Labour Board that they will not oppose arbi- tration if these two additional conciliation dates prove to be unsuccessful in concluding an agreement for civil servants, ac- cording to the union. "Up until now, we have had no indication that government is genuinely interested in reach- ing an agreement with the over 8,000 civil servants we repre- sent," said Jason MacLean, NS- GEU president. Civil service members voted to reject the provincial govern- ment's final offer on Dec. 14, 2016. That final office included a four-year wage package with two years of zeros, a third year of one per cent, and a fourth year of 1.5 per cent with a 0.5 per cent increase on the last day of the contract, said the union. The civil service master agree- ment expired March 31, 2015. Labour Board upholds PSAC complaint OTTAWA — Public Service Al- liance of Canada (PSAC) mem- bers whose hours of work were changed in 2014 during bargain- ing with the treasury board have won back pay and benefits after the union filed a complaint. The Federal Public Service Labour Relations Act contains a provision that freezes the terms and conditions contained in collective agreements on the day that notice to bargain a new agreement is given. The freeze continues until a new agreement is either negoti- ated or awarded by an arbitrator, or until a strike takes place, said the union. "The Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employ- ment Board accepted the union's argument that by changing es- tablished hours of work during the bargaining process, the em- ployer clearly violated the law," said Robyn Benson, PSAC presi- dent. The board rejected the em- ployer's arguments and or- dered all lost wages and ben- efits be paid to the affected employees for the period Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015, said the union. Workers ratify 4-year deal with Rio Tinto KITIMAT, B.C. — Workers at Rio Tinto's smelter in Kitimat, B.C., ratified a four-year collec- tive agreement July 28. "I'm proud of our members for fighting for a fair agreement," said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. "This was not an easy deal to achieve." Highlights of the new contract include a 10.75 per cent wage in- crease over four years, increases to extended medical benefits, a signing bonus and a revised grievance process. "These are good union jobs that help maintain the local community," said Gavin McGar- rigle, Unifor BC area director. "It was important to entrench job security and provide ongoing economic gains for workers at the smelter." Photo: Chris Helgren (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A traveller passes by striking union members of Teamsters Local 419 at the departures level of Terminal 3 after about 700 baggage handlers and ground crew workers went on strike at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, on July 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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