Canadian Labour Reporter

November 13, 2017

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2017 Blood service workers deliver 89 per cent strike vote TORONTO — Employees who run blood donor clinics and transport blood and blood products across southern On- tario gave their union bargaining team a strike mandate on Nov. 2. Canadian Blood Services (CBS) support workers voted 89 per cent in favour of strike action if it becomes necessary to move negotiations forward. CBS and the Ontario Public Service Em- ployees Union (OPSEU) return to the bargaining table Dec. 12. The strike vote comes after OPSEU members rejected a ten- tative agreement negotiated in August. Under that agreement, the union had agreed to settle future contract disputes at CBS through interest arbitration, said the union. "The ballots have been count- ed and the members have spo- ken," said Jennifer Johnson, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team. "Listening to what members had to say about the tentative agree- ment, it is clear that we still have issues to iron out." OPSEU represents more than 850 CBS workers, including phlebotomists, donor-care as- sistants, drivers, laboratory as- sistants and clerks. Ford security workers ratify new contract WINDSOR, OAKVILLE, Ont. — Ford plant protection officers in Windsor and Oakville, both in Ontario, ratified a new deal on Oct. 31, by 75 and 82 per cent respectively. The new contract follows the pattern established with Ford last year during negotiations with the Detroit Three, and in- cludes two wage increases of two per cent over four years. It also includes provisions around uni- forms and the creation of full- time jobs, said Unifor. In Windsor, this translates to seven full-time jobs and five in Oakville, wherein several of the current supplemental workers will be offered full-time, perma- nent positions, said the union. Workers who are promoted to full-time will see a $7-an-hour wage increase, according to Uni- for. "We had one particular mem- ber who has been a supplemen- tal worker for 18 years and now will have a full-time job," said Jodi Nesbitt, Local 240 presi- dent, representing 20 workers in Windsor. Mediator tabbed in D-J Composites lockout GANDER, N.L. — After 313 days of a lockout of workers in Gander, N.L., an independent mediator was appointed on Oct. 27 by the Newfoundland and Labrador government to at- tempt to resolve the dispute at D-J Composites. John Roil is a lawyer with extensive mediation experi- ence and has served on several independent inquiries includ- ing the 2011 Vale inquiry into the lengthy labour dispute in Voisey's Bay, said Unifor. The aerospace workers from local 587 were locked out by the employer on Dec. 19, 2016. In May 2017, the Newfound- land and Labrador Labour Board found D-J Composites guilty of bad faith bargaining. The pro- vincial labour department has provided conciliation services since August, said the union. 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 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 Photo: James Akena (Reuters) LABOUR LENS A mother nurses her child at a hospital in Uganda's capital Kampala as a doctors' strike enters its second day in Uganda, on Nov. 7, 2017.

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