STURGEON FALLS, ON – Public Works and Water and Sewer workers have delivered a strong strike mandate to their negotiating committees to fight discrimination and a blatant attack on women workers by the Municipality of West-Nipissing management and council.
“We will not let our predominantly women members in the clerical job classification be singled out by this employer,” said CUPE Local 535 president Paul Lafleur, after management negotiators, acting on a mandate approved by West Nipissing municipal council, singled out women workers in contract talks by demanding an increase in hours worked only for the clerical classification most of them work in, without pay for the additional hours.
Negotiations between CAW Local 444 and officials of Integram Seating will kick into high gear Monday in an attempt to reach a collective agreement and head off a potential strike.
Rick Laporte, president of Local 444, said sub-committees from both sides have been meeting this week to try and deal with minor issues with full committees expected at the table Monday.
Laporte said the major issues remain wages and pensions.
Workers at Oakville’s Automodular Corporation joined a province-wide CAW (Canadian Auto Workers) Day of Action, Wednesday, calling for an end to employer demands for contract concessions.
Approximately 40 auto parts workers assembled outside Automodular’s 2335 Speers Rd. location to participate in a short rally telling auto parts industry employers, ‘Enough is enough.’
“We’re not interested in negotiating backward. We in the union have done our share with this latest crisis. The autoworker is not responsible for the downturn in this sector. The auto parts industry has been hard hit for years with unfair trade agreements, a high Canadian dollar and finally the latest global economic crisis,” said Angus MacDonald, CAW Local 1256 president, who addressed the gathering from atop a picnic table via megaphone.
Management at Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto says it will lock out 75 employees (OPSEU/NUPGE members) on Oct. 29.
Toronto (28 Oct. 2010) – Despite a pledge to meet in mediation with the union on Oct. 27, management at Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto has already posted a notice to its website on Oct. 26 declaring its intention to lock out its employees on Oct. 29.
This latest move follows allegations that the employer has disseminated false information to its staff, the result of which has led the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) to file unfair labour practice charges at the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
TORONTO, Ont. – It was a day of action for thousands of Canadian Auto Workers’ union members, Wednesday.
CAW auto parts workers rallied outside plants in Toronto, Brampton, Guelph, Hamilton, Dundas, St. Catherines, Kitchener, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Stratford, St. Thomas, and Windsor.
The union says workers are fed up with their employers are asking for major concessions.
Employees are on strike across the province as CAW members and hotel workers rally for better conditions.
In Ontario, the Canadian Autoworkers Union held a day of action outside more than 100 plants. Thousands are expected to attend the Wednesday event. The union says workers are fed up with their employers asking for major concessions.
Demonstrations were held in Brampton, Guelph, Ingersoll, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, London, Oakville, Stratford, St. Thomas, St. Catharines, Tillsonburg, Toronto, Windsor and Woodstock, with CAW president Ken Lewenza expected in Burlington.
Tens-of-thousands of parents will have to make alternate plans for their children this week as 12,900 home daycare workers in Quebec launch four days of pressure tactics.
Starting Monday the workers will hold half-day strikes in regions across the province including the Outaouais, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, Quebec’s North Shore and Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
The rotating strikes will hit home daycare centres in the Montreal area on Thursday. A province-wide, day long walkout is planned for Nov. 10.
Home daycare workers are negotiating a first collective agreement with the Quebec government.
The secretary-treasurer of the CSQ labour federation, Daniel Lafrenière, says the union hopes the job action will speed up contract talks with the government which began in February.
“We tried a lot of things. We tried the soft measures. Now we are in strike process,” said Lafreniere.
WINDSOR, Ont. — Union workers at Integram Seating have voted 97.3 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary.
CAW Local 444 represents 675 members at Integram Seating, a supplier to the minivan plant. Workers held a strike authorization vote on Sunday at the Fogolar Furlan club.
Cape Breton University is preparing for a strike by its maintenance and trade workers.
Thirteen employees are threatening to walk off the job on Monday if they don’t get a contract deal.
They’re plumbers, electricians, rink attendants and boiler operators, so a strike would certainly have an impact, said the head of their union.
“There’s a fair amount of construction at CBU, so I believe it will also have an impact on that construction,” said Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.
University officials plan to close the rink at the Canada Games complex in the event of a strike. Otherwise, they say it should be business as usual.
ANTIGONISH (CP) — Support staff at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish have set a date for a strike vote.
The 151 workers, members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, will cast their ballots Oct. 28.