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A regional office of the National Labor Relations Board says Starbucks Corp. is violating U.S. labour law by withholding pay hikes and other benefits from stores that have voted to unionize. The labor board’s Seattle office filed the complaint late Wednesday against Starbucks. The complaint is based on charges filed by Workers United, the union […]

Ontario’s school support staff are moving toward a strike vote starting Sept. 23 over extended benefits, short-term disability leave and wage increases, among other requests by the workers’ union the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In its initial proposal, the CUPE is asking the government to provide additional funds to cover the increasing costs of […]

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While Canada ranks No. 31 out of 145 countries for women’s labour force participation, its wage equality ranking sits at No. 71, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum. It found Canada’s gender pay gap is roughly 16 per cent in comparison to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries. […]

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  • July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022
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The shift to remote working is tamping down wage growth by two per cent over two years, shrinking — by more than half — employees’ expectations of real-wage catchup amid rising inflation, according to a report by the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. It found while U.S. consumer prices rose 8.6 per cent […]

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  • July 6, 2022 July 6, 2022
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The union representing roughly 100 employees at Pilkington Glass in Whitby, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes benefits and pension gains. Members of Unifor Local 222 voted 84 per cent in favour of ratifying the agreement, which includes a short-term disability weekly benefit of $400 and two paid personal emergency leave days per […]

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  • June 28, 2022 June 27, 2022
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The union representing Pacific Western Transit Canada workers in Pemberton, Squamish and Whistler, B.C., has ratified a five-year collective agreement that will see members move to the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan’s DBplus. Members will contribute three per cent to the plan with an equivalent employer match, says Gavin Davies, a national […]

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  • June 21, 2022 June 20, 2022
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The union representing 120 employees at Metro Inc. warehouses in Ottawa has ratified a five-year agreement that includes multiple benefits gains. The agreement includes a 100 per cent increase for vision starting in 2023 — up to $500 per member and dependants — and a $1,000 increase to major dental care coverage, up to $2,500 […]

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  • June 14, 2022 June 13, 2022
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The union representing 225 part-time workers at Metro Inc. warehouses in Etobicoke, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes multiple benefits gains. Unifor members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a collective agreement that includes a prescription drug plan for all eligible part-time workers. The plan offers single coverage with a three-year maximum of $6,000, […]

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Seattle’s city council unanimously approved a measure that pushes app-based companies like food delivery services to improve wages and other working conditions for gig workers. Among other things, the legislation would ensure app-based workers are paid minimum wage plus expenses and tips. The rates for workers at companies such as DoorDash Inc., Grubhub Inc. and […]

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It’s become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks Corp. workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. But when the celebrations die down, a daunting hurdle remains: to win the changes they seek — like better pay and more reliable schedules — unionized stores must sit down with Starbucks and negotiate a […]