Canadian Labour Reporter

May 21, 2018

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2018 Kingston Health workers ratify 4-year contract KINGSTON, Ont. — Ninety- eight per cent of staff repre- sented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at Kingston Health Sciences Cen- tre (KHSC) in Kingston, Ont., voted for a new four-year collec- tive agreement on May 14. The vote turnout and percent- age of ratification is the highest in the local union's history, ac- cording to CUPE. The 1,400 members at Kings- ton Health Sciences Centre are among more than 35,000 CUPE hospital-sector members now ratifying the new provincial con- tract, said the union. "Staff at Kingston Health Sci- ences Centre are concerned that the merger of KHSC and the Ho- tel Dieu will lead to downsizing," said Mike Rodrigues, president of CUPE 1974. "Cuts to beds, staff and pro- grams have happened after hospital mergers in many other communities. Our members also worry that a change of government will bring hospital funding cuts," said Rodrigues. "They want to lock in job-secu- rity protections for the next four years." The new contract maintains CUPE's job-security provisions and treatment of part-time em- ployees in addition to improve- ments to violence protection, pregnancy leave, disability rights and the workload complaints processes for KHSC nurses, care aides, porters and clerical and trades staff at the hospital's KGH site, said the union. CUPE 1974 is affiliated with the Ontario Council of Hospi- tal Unions/CUPE, that bargains provincially and in March joined a common bargaining front with the members of Service Employ- ees International Union (SEIU) and Unifor. That alliance resulted in a ten- tative contract at the end of April for nearly 75,000 hospital work- ers, according to CUPE. Tentative deal at Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Tentative agreements were negotiated by the United Steel- workers (USW) at Sault Ste. Ma- rie, Ont., steelmaker Algoma on May 12. "The steelworkers and our members in Sault Ste. Marie have stood in solidarity since 2015 to demand fairness and dignity for working families af- fected by Algoma's bankruptcy protection process," said Marty Warren, USW Ontario director. The former Essar Steel Algo- ma filed for creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in November 2015. Winnipeg Swissport workers join IAM WINNIPEG — Swissport ramp agents at Winnipeg Internation- al Airport joined the Interna- tional Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Local Lodge 714 on May 9. The 18 employees service aircraft from United Airlines, SunWing and other airlines and are responsible for arrivals and departures of aircraft, said the union. The unionization follows or- ganizing victories in Montreal. 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: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier LABOUR LENS Smoke from safety ares ll the air as French state-owned SNCF railway employees and labour union members dance while demonstrating as part of a nationwide strike in Paris, on May 14.

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