Canadian Labour Reporter

April 2, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 Nova Scotia unions announces strike vote HALIFAX — After more than a year of bargaining, the Nova Scotia Health Care Council of Unions said on March 22 it will soon hold Nova Scotia's first ever province-wide health-care bar- gaining unit strike vote. The employers, representing the Nova Scotia Health Author- ity (NSHA), have slowed the pace of bargaining significantly over the last two months, said the council of unions. The council tabled an entire collective-agreement package, while the employers have only tabled individual proposals, ac- cording to the council The Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions includes the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NS- GEU), Canadian Union of Pub- lic Employees (CUPE), Unifor and Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (NSNU). The health-care bargaining unit represents 6,500 health- care members. The NSGEU is the chief negotiator with CUPE acting as the deputy negotiator. The council and NSHA have further conciliation dates set for April 10, 11, 12 and again on May 2, 3 and 4, said the council. Ontario school bus drivers ratify agreements TORONTO — School bus driv- ers at First Student Canada and Parkview Transit in Ontario — members of Unifor locals 4268 and 1285 — voted on March 25 to accept new collective agree- ments. Unifor Local 4268 represents more than 120 employees at First Student in Bowmanville, Ont. The drivers voted 94.5 per cent in favour of a new three- year agreement, officially end- ing a three-day bus strike. Full service to schools in the Durham and Kawartha regions in Ontar- io will resume on March 26, said the union. "This contract achieved a ma- jor pay raise, with more than a 15 per cent increase in year one, as well as a significant reduction in unpaid work," said Debbie Montgomery, Unifor, Local 4268 president. The Parkview Transit drivers — new members of Unifor Local 1285 — voted in favour of a first collective agreement that will cover about 450 drivers in the Brampton, Ont., region. Toronto spiritual care practitioners join CUPE TORONTO — Chaplains and spiritual care practitioners from St. Joseph's Health Centre, Prov- idence Health Centre and St. Michael's Hospitals in Toronto voted on March 19 to join the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE). The 32-person unit consists of hospital chaplains and spiri- tual care practitioners from dif- ferent religious denominations across the three hospitals, which merged in 2017, according to the union. "With all the changes going on at the hospitals due to the merg- er, these workers decided they wanted to have a strong, unified voice in their workplace, equal treatment from their employer and respect for the services they provide," said Deb Oldfield, CUPE organizer. LABOUR BRIEFS FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 Published weekly by omson Reuters Canada Ltd. Subscription rate: $610 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 © 2018 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: Jean-Paul Pelissier (Reuters) LABOUR LENS Protestors attend a demonstration during a national day of strike against reforms in Marseille, France, on March 22.

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