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Louisiana-Pacific sawmill workers ratified agreement by 97 per cent

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Members at Local 434 at Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd, a hardboard mill in East Chester, Nova Scotia, ratified a new collective agreement with a solid 97 per cent vote in favour.

The five-year agreement sees wage increases for the skilled trades and general workers in every year of the deal.

“Our bargaining committee was pleased we were able to hold off the company concessions and secure a strong deal for our members,” said Roger Collicutt, President of Local 434. “Forestry is a vibrant and renewable industry and our members contribute so much to this community, so it’s rewarding to see their work recognized.”

The group achieved considerable language updates including company-paid negotiation committee time, a shop steward, enhancement of Health and Safety articles and, for the first time, annual Paid Education Leave (PEL). The agreement also includes a safety footwear premium and health benefit increases.

The deadline is fast approaching to register for Unifor’s Convention in Quebec City!

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Registration is free but you must register by July 20. Unifor’s third Constitutional convention is looking to be the best yet, with exciting speakers including the founder of the #MeToo movement and a Blue Rodeo concert. Bring the kids – there will free, onsite childcare and visiting Quebec City is a great experience for all ages.

Registration is online only (childcare too.) Go to:

https://register1.unifor.org and select “Constitutional Convention 2019” under “Select an event.”

“Whatever It Takes” is the theme of Convention 2019 – get involved and do not miss out!

https://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/event/unifor-constitutional-convention-2019

Unifor preparing for battle at Saskatchewan’s crown corporations

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Bargaining committees at Unifor Locals 1-S and 2-S are preparing to ask for a strike mandate from members at SaskTel, after subsidiary SecurTek voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike.

“We want to send Premier Moe a strong message,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias. “Workers at the Crown corporations deserve a fair contract and if a 2.3 per cent raise is good enough for MLAs, it’s good enough for our members!”

The Saskatchewan politicians, who make more than $100,000 per year, recently received a 2.3 per cent cost of living increase. Members who face the same rising costs are being offered much less.

Read the latest bargaining update

“A fair wage, job security, mental health provisions and contracting out are worth fighting for,” said Western Regional Director Joie Warnock. "Our members are sitting at home waiting to be called by SaskTel. Yet contractors work full-time with a guaranteed number of hours. So they have a guarantee, but unionized employees don't."

A conciliator has declared a cooling off period, which ends July 12. Mediation is scheduled for July 10 and 11.

“Our goal is to obtain a fair collective agreement without job action,” said Warnock. “In the meantime, we are preparing for a worst-case scenario of strike action.”

For more information: https://www.uniforsaskcouncil.ca/home

Unifor members at GTAA convert DC pension plan to DB

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Wage increases and a new defined benefit pension plan are key highlights in a new collective agreement ratified by Unifor Local 2002 members employed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) last week.

“As defined benefit pension plans come under attack from employers, it is an impressive achievement to bargain a new one,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

The new pension plan replaces the unit’s defined contribution plan, representing a significant boost for members’ retirement security. A pension plan conversion of this type is almost unheard of, and sets a new standard for modern airport worker contracts.

“The Bargaining Committee is to be commended for their determination in negotiating a progressive agreement that addresses members' interests and priorities. From the onset, the clear priority for the membership was that we negotiate a defined benefit pension plan,” said Euila Leonard, President of Unifor Local 2002.

Unifor Local 2002 also made progress on the long-standing campaign for fair wages airport-wide and an end to contract flipping. The new agreement includes a Letter of Understanding with the GTAA that re-tendered contracts must start at the wage level of the existing contract.

The collective agreement also includes 2 per cent wage increases in each year of the four years, which will go into effect on August 1.

At the GTAA Unifor represents more than 1,200 members employed in airside, facilities, operations, professional and support, and skilled trades.

Will 2019 be your year to win?

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Once again, this year AGR wants to reward its clients with a special contest. All PSAC members who are AGR clients are automatically entered in a draw to win one of three Ipad Air tablets. They can increase their chances by referring other members...

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