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Increased benefits and expanded mental-health coverage are among the highlights of a new collective agreement ratified by Oakville Transit workers who are also members of Unifor Local 1256. Under the agreement, which ends a two-week strike, the workers will see an increase in their vision care coverage, from $400 to $450 annually. It also includes […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 7, 2022 March 4, 2022
  • 09:00
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The union president for the Canadian Border Services Agency employees is “relieved” after reaching a new tentative agreement that includes retirement benefits and new paid leave programs. Under the four-year agreement, which dates back to 2018, the Treasury Board has committed to working toward the introduction of early retirement benefits for the border employees, along […]

The first strike at Vale Canada in more than a decade is drawing to a close after unionized workers at the Sudbury, Ont., mine ratified a collective agreement that includes improved pension and health benefits. Through the agreement — which expires May 31, 2026 — the monthly pre-age 65 defined benefit pension will increase by $50 to […]


About 900 employees at Rio Tinto Group’s aluminum smelting facilities in Kitimat, B.C. are on strike after Unifor Local 2301 and the company failed to reach an agreement on July 25. The union continued negotiations with Rio Tinto until the strike deadline at midnight, according to a press release. Unifor is seeking changes to workers’ […]

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  • July 27, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 09:00

More than 2,000 workers at a Vale nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., are continuing their strike after their union, United Steelworkers Local 6500, rejected the company’s five-year contract proposal, which cuts health and medical benefits for existing and future employees. The June 14 offer was Vale’s second since the workers went on strike June 1, […]

The 470 striking workers at a Nestlé Canada chocolate bar factory in Toronto are heading back to work as their union reached an agreement with the company on May 20, securing wage, benefits and pension increases for its members. “We’re very happy with the results. The company is investing in the employees, so we see […]

B.C.-based janitors win benefits, wage boost in first collective agreement

Bee-Clean Building Maintenance janitors in British Columbia ratified their first collective agreement on Monday, winning employer-paid health and dental benefits, paid sick days and a wage boost.  Employees who are members of Services Employees International Union Local 2 reached the tentative agreement on Friday, mere days before they were set to picket at various locations across B.C.’s Lower […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 5, 2020 November 5, 2020
  • 09:00
Unifor, Co-op end months-long pension dispute with new collective agreement

Saskatchewan refinery workers have ratified a tentative agreement with Federated Co-operatives Ltd., bringing an end to a half-year labour dispute over the company’s defined benefit pension plan. The new seven-year collective agreement for Unifor Local 594 members, who voted 89 per cent in favour, will maintain the DB pension plan and the employer-matched employee savings plan […]

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  • June 24, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:00
Unifor accepts mediator’s recommendations around Co-op pension changes

The nearly four-month lockout at the Federated Co-operatives Ltd. refinery in Regina over pension changes could be nearing an end. However, while Unifor has accepted recommendations from an independent mediator, the Co-op Refinery Complex said in a statement it’s unable to accept the recommendations in full and will have to make modifications out of its […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 23, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 08:45
Western Forest Products, union reach tentative deal after tensions over LTD benefits, pension

Western Forest Products and the United Steelworkers union have reached a tentative collective agreement after more than seven months of tensions over pensions and long-term disability benefits. About 3,000 of the Vancouver-based lumber company’s employees walked off the job on July 1, 2019. In November, the company dropped it’s proposal to implement pension plan alternatives to which the union […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 14, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:10