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Collective Agreement Negotiation

Bell Aliant workers reject tentative collective agreement by a margin of 65%

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union's Atlantic Communications Council (CEPACC) issued a news release today advising that their members had voted to reject a tentative collective agreement with Bell Aliant, by a margin of 65%.

CEPACC represents almost 3,000 employees of Bell Aliant in the four Atlantic provinces.

CEPACC and Bell Aliant had reached the agreement in late April, and members had been holding ratification meetings over the past few weeks in the four Atlantic provinces. The current agreement, which expires on December 31, 2011 will remain in effect. 

CEP is a national union representing 130,000 workers across Canada working in telecommunications, forestry, energy, media, printing and construction.

More information about the negotiations can be found on CEPACC's website here.

Bell Aliant's new release can be found here.

Community Living British Columbia and BCGSEU reach tentative agreement

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

Community Living British Columbia and the BC Government Services Employee Union have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement. Voting on the tentative agreement will take place on May 31, 2010.

Community Living BC is a Crown agency with about 375 unionized employees delivering support and services to over 12,500 adults with developmental disabilities and their families throughout British Columbia,

No further details of the agreement were released. The Province's news release can be read here.

Facilities Bargaining Association and HEABC reach tentative agreement on a two-year collective agreement

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Health Care

The Facilities Bargaining Association, representing over 47,000 health-care workers,
has reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with the Health Employers Association of BC, the government announced today.

"The agreement covers about 270 different jobs in every area of health care, including nursing, health records, information technology, logistics and supply, diagnostic testing, pharmacy, trades and maintenance, dietary, housekeeping, payroll and more.

The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association negotiates on behalf of unionized employees with the Health Employers Association of BC.

The largest union in this bargaining association is the Hospital Employees' Union,
followed by the BC Government & Service Employees' Union, the International
Union of Operating Engineers, and various other unions.

More than 200,000 BC public sector workers are covered by contracts that expire between March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2010."

Industrial inquiry commission delivers report on BC Ambulance Service, including appropriate collective bargaining structure

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The industrial inquiry commission reviewing different service delivery and operational models for the BC Ambulance Service, including options on an appropriate collective bargaining structure, delivered its report to the BC Minister of Labour on January 15, 2010, according to this January 18, 2010 news release from the government.

The report was written by Chris Trumpy, a long time public servant who was the Deputy Minister of Finance before retiring in 2009.

In addition to the appropriate collective bargaining structure, the Trumpy report examines issues relating to staff recruitment, training and retention; staff workload and occupational health and safety; deployment strategies; and total compensation for paramedics and dispatchers.

The non-binding report has been provided to CUPE Local 873, the union representing BC's paramedics and dispatchers, and their employer, the Emergency and Health Services Commission.  read more »

Industrial Inquiry Commission appointed to review bargaining structure for ambulance paramedics and dispatchers

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC Government announced today that it will be appointing an Industrial Inquiry Commission under the BC Labour Relations Code to reveiw the bargaining structure for ambulance paramedics and dispatchers. You can read the news release here.

Yesteday, the provincial government introduced legislation - the Ambulance Services Collective Agreement Act (Bill 21) - that would impose a new collective agreement on the paramedics and dispatchers and end the seven month labour dispute (which has been subject to an essential services order). You can read more about the labour dispute and legislation in this Vancouver Sun story

Definition of "strike" in Canada Labour Code does not infringe on Charter of Rights and Freedoms

In Grain Workers' Union, Local 333 v. B.C. Terminal Elevator Operations' Association, 2009 FCA 201, the Federal Court of Appeal confirmed a decision of the Canada Industrial Relations Board that the definition of "strike" in the Canada Labour Code does not infringe on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A summary of the case by law firm Roper Greyell can be found here.

Courts will not enforce fines that unions impose on members who cross picket lines

Jurisdiction: - Alberta - Ontario - Saskatchewan

By dismissing two leave to appeal applications on May 7, 2009 - one from Ontario and the other from Alberta - the Supreme Court of Canada has stipulated that the courts in Canada (save for in Saskatchewan) will not enforce fines that unions impose on their members who cross legal picket lines.

In the Ontario case  - Union of Taxation Employees Local 70030 v. Jeffrey Birch et al. - the employees worked for Canada Revenue Agency and were members of the Union of Taxation Employees Local 70030, a component of the Public Sector Alliance of Canada.

During a legal strike in 2004, the employees crossed the picket law on three days so that they could continue to work. Pursuant to the provisions in its constitution and by-laws, the union suspended the employees' union memberships for three years and also fined them each $476, which was equivalent to the total of the employees' gross salary for the three days.

The employees refused to pay their fines, resulting in the union filing a lawsuit against them in Small Claims Court.  The case was subsequently elevated to the Ontario Superior Court as a test case.  read more »

Unite Here Local 40 and Aramark Sports and Entertainment reach tentative agreement

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that Unite Here Local 40 and Aramark Sports and Entertainment reached a tentative collective agreement on March 20, 2009 for the food and beverage workers at GM Place.

According to the article, the tentative agreement, which is retroactive to December 11, 2008 and has a three year term, includes the following:

  • wage increases of 17 to 22% for non-tipped workers;
  • wage increases for tipped workers;
  • options for improving medical coverage; and
  • guarantees that workers are going to get the opportunity to work during the Olympics.