Canadian Labour Reporter

August 21, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 'No board' requested for CWSDS OAKVILLE, Ont. — The bar- gaining team for 340 employees with Central West Specialized Developmental Services (CWS- DS) in Oakville, Ont., has asked the Ministry of Labour for a "no board" report. Once the ministry issues the report, a legal strike or lockout may take place on the 17th cal- endar day following, said the Ontario Public Service Employ- ees Union (OPSEU). The two sides have been ne- gotiating since the previous col- lective agreement expired on March 31. An initial offer of $0.10 per hour in each of two years was rejected by 91 per cent of union members, according to the union. The two sides met with a gov- ernment-appointed conciliator on Aug. 8, but no progress was made, said the union. However, both sides have agreed to mediation before the possible strike or lockout date, according to OPSEU. "We're dedicated profession- als committed to providing car- ing, quality services to our cli- ents," said Sue Walker, president of OPSEU Local 249. CWSDS staff provide resi- dential services in group homes across Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Halton Hills, and Georgetown. Workers sign deal with Fairmont Vancouver VANCOUVER — Members of Unifor working at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver have over- whelmingly voted to approve a new three-year contract Aug. 7. "These negotiations were about securing fairness for hotel workers," said Jerry Dias, Uni- for national president. "With the strength of the union, these hard-working members at the Hotel Vancouver have achieved a contract that safeguards fair wages and gratuities, transpar- ent scheduling, and good ben- efits, including a pension." Bargaining between Unifor and the employer went up to the deadline, said the union. On Aug. 1, members of Local 4275 voted 97 per cent for legal job action if a contract could not be reached by the weekend, ac- cording to Unifor. The new contract makes gains in wages, pension benefits, transit benefits, and enshrines a women's advocate in the work- place, according to the union. B.C. health workers negotiate agreement VANCOUVER — BC Govern- ment and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members reached a tentative agreement with their employer, We Care Home Health Services, late Aug. 10 before a rotating strike was set to begin. "We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement that provides our members with improved compensation, pro- tects fair scheduling, and brings other significant improvements that will enable workers to pro- vide reliable and consistent care to their clients," said Paul Finch, BCGEU treasurer. The terms of the tentative agreement are expected to be voted on later in August, said the union. Photo: Darren Staples (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Men walk past domestic garbage bins as sanitation workers strike over job losses in Birmingham, England, on Aug. 14. 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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