CAW Local 112 members at Toromont CAT in Concord, Ontario have ratified a new collective agreement that provides a 6% wage increase over the life of the agreement for skilled trades workers and eliminates a tiered wage system for production workers that had been in place since 2003.
Roland Kiehne, CAW Local 112 president, said eliminating the tiered wage system was key to reaching a deal.
PETERBOROUGH, ON, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 365 at Trent University have requested a “no-board report” from the Ministry of Labour which begins a countdown to a possible July 16 strike.
Local 365, which represents 372 support workers at Trent, have been negotiating since June 6 with the support of a 95 per cent strike vote.
Unionized engineers and scientists at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. have overwhelmingly voted to strike at Chalk River Laboratories.
The union members voted to strike at a recent meeting in Chalk River, Ont., following 12 months of negotiations to renew a collective agreement that expired June 30, 2011.
A year ago this month, Canada’s nuclear industry looked forward hopefully as SNC-Lavalin struck a deal to buy the Candu reactor technology of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
Today Candu Energy, as the company is known, faces employees on the picket line, and a prized customer – the Ontario government – that’s playing hard to get.
Engineers, scientists and technicians belonging to the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) are into their third week of a partial strike against Candu.
And while the two sides are still talking across the picket line, SPEA officials are warning that the discord is placing the future of the company at risk, as employees jump ship for other employers in the nuclear sector.
(Reuters) – Air Canada won a long-running contract dispute with its mechanics and baggage handlers on Sunday, after an arbitrator opted to enforce the airline’s final offer over one put forward by the union.
The dispute with the machinists union representing 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents was handed to a government appointed arbitrator after the two sides were unable to reach a settlement in March. The two sides have been in on-and-off talks since the union’s collective agreement expired in March 2011.
Two strikers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966, were hit while picketing the Region of Peel offices in Brampton this morning by cars refusing to stop and wait the legally-designated time to enter Regional property.
Three units of CUPE Local 966 are striking against the Region demanding equitable pay and a fair contract. Ontario Works Human Services went on strike May 3, Public Works struck the Region on June 4, and Transhelp went on strike June 10.
A young woman, the daughter of a bargaining team member from Ontario Works Human Services, was sent to hospital by ambulance after being hit by a car reportedly driven by a former mayor of Brampton.
The other victim, a male, was hit by a Region of Peel employee. Fortunately, while he suffered minor injuries, he did not require hospitalization.
The union representing 200 technicians who service Rogers Communications Inc. customers in Ontario say they will go on strike on Friday at 8 a.m.
The workers, represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, are employed by Dependable Home Tech and Intek Communications Inc.
The union accused both Intek and DHT of refusing to bargain.
Workers at several Rogers contractors voted to strike last month.
Unionized staff with the St. John’s Telegram will not take an immediate vote on an 11th-hour offer from the newspaper, on the eve of being in a legal strike position.
Keith Gosse, a shop steward for newsroom employees, said management presented a new offer on Wednesday.
“Wage offer was received from Telegram but they left it too late, leaving their workforce able to take strike vote from Thursday onward,” Gosse wrote on Twitter.
OSHAWA, Ont. – Participation House staff in the Durham Region, members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2936-01, have chosen to stand up for the services they deliver after talks broke off when the parties were unable to reach a settlement.
On Thursday, May 31, negotiations reached a point where CUPE 2936-01 was left with no choice but to file for a No Board report with the Ministry of Labour.
“This is not a decision we have made lightly, said CUPE 2936-01 President Wanda Follett. We are calling on Participation House to negotiate a fair contract that supports the people who deliver services at Participation House and avoid a disruption to those services.”
Talks broke down yesterday between the provincial government, employers, and the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), which includes HEU and nine other unions.
As a result, strike votes will be taken for all unionized workers in B.C.’s community social services sector.
The parties have been in negotiations since February to try and reach a collective agreement.
Outstanding issues include: wages, benefits, sick leave, reimbursable expenses and concessionary demands by the employer, including revisiting improvements gained in the last round of bargaining.
CSSBA representatives say they are seeking a fair deal, including a wage increase. Government, however, has offered nothing, which is why members are being asked to support their bargaining demands with a strong strike mandate.
“We are urging members to come out and vote, and make your voices heard,” says HEU secretary-business manager Bonnie Pearson.