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Warehouse workers and transportation drivers employed by Martin Brower in Ontario have ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The workers, who are members of Unifor Local 1285, reached an agreement that will see pension contributions increase by $100, up to $700 over the life of the agreement, and the employer […]

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  • May 10, 2024 May 10, 2024
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Thousands of ride-hailing and delivery workers in the U.S. and the U.K. went on strike on Valentine’s Day, calling for higher pay and other changes to their working conditions. In the U.S., Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. drivers planned day-long strikes and held mid-day demonstrations at airports in several cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, […]

A survey on the retirement readiness of Canadian workers and a looming retirement crisis was the most-read pension story on BenefitsCanada.com this year. Here are the 10 most popular pension news stories of 2023: 1. Survey finds 44% of Canadian pre-retirees have less than $5,000 in savings 2. Ford, Unifor agreement includes significant DC pension improvements, transition to […]

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  • December 18, 2023 December 18, 2023
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After a five-day strike, the union representing 800 employees at Magna International Inc.’s Integram Seating factory in Windsor, Ont. has ratified a collective agreement that includes multiple benefits gains. The benefits gains include: vision coverage, from $250 every two years to $400; a rise in the basic annual dental maximum, from $1,600 to $1,900; an […]

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  • December 8, 2023 December 7, 2023
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B.C. Transit’s Fraser Valley bus drivers are joining the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s DBplus pension plan. After a strike action that lasted 124 days earlier this year, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 561 secured a new six-year contract agreement for its 213 members who work in the communities of Abbotsford, Agassiz-Harrison, […]

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The Union of Taxation Employees and the Canada Revenue Agency have reached a tentative agreement that includes new protections around remote work and improved vacation. The tentative agreement, which ends a strike lasting more than two weeks involving 35,000 workers, has some of the same updates that were reached by the Public Service Alliance of Canada […]

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  • May 5, 2023 May 5, 2023
  • 15:00

The Public Service Alliance of Canada and the federal government have reached a tentative agreement for more than 120,000 workers, which includes new protections around remote work and wage increases. The tentative agreement, which ends a two-week strike, includes negotiated language that requires managers to assess remote work requests individually — not by group — and […]

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  • May 1, 2023 May 1, 2023
  • 15:00
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Roughly 155,000 federal employees represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada are striking over remote working arrangements and wages. The union is seeking to maintain remote working arrangements for employees, noting the working arrangement has become a part of everyday life for many workers. “Our experience during [the coronavirus] pandemic has shown that public […]

Loyalist College janitors’ new contract includes pension, sick days

Custodial and maintenance workers at Toronto Metropolitan University represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees are striking after university administration failed to address the rising cost of living and issues with increased employee contributions to the defined benefit pension plan during negotiations. In 2021, the university unilaterally imposed an increase in pension contributions on […]

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  • April 17, 2023 April 14, 2023
  • 09:00
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An article on the strike by Ontario education workers was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. CUPE’s Ontario education workers striking for extended benefits, wage increases 2. Stellantis, Unifor agreement includes pension and retirement gains 3. Sounding Board: How employers can better support employees […]

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  • November 11, 2022 November 11, 2022
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