TORONTO -- Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 975 narrowly ratified a memorandum of agreement this afternoon.
CEP Ontario Administrative Vice-President Dave Moffat says the members are to be congratulated for maintaining positive morale and solidarity on the picket line during the two-week strike.
TORONTO – Almost 300 members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, who work for Reliance Home Comfort Limited, went on strike at midnight, after their employer took the unusual step of imposing working terms and conditions during the collective bargaining process.
“After our membership voted to reject the company’s offer, Reliance Home Comfort imposed unacceptable working conditions, forcing a strike,” says CEP Ontario Administrative Vice-President Dave Moffat.
TORONTO – The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada and Direct Energy bargained into the early hours, April 28th, to arrive at a tentative collective agreement on behalf of the 550 workers who have been on strike since April 18th.
Voting will take place across the province today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Details and results will be released later in the week.
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. - More than 85 per cent of union members at an idled Nova Scotia paper mill voted Tuesday to accept a contract deal from the operation's prospective buyer. Archie MacLachlan of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers union said that 85.6 per cent of those who voted accepted the offer from Pacific West Commercial Corp. "We asked for them to vote for it and 85 per cent is a good endorsement of the recommendation," he said following the late vote, adding that not all will be working at the mill if it reopens.
Hundreds of Direct Energy workers walked off the job Tuesday night after contract talks between the company and the union broke off.
CEP Local 975 called a strike just before midnight after the company imposed work conditions.
The union said Direct Energy is pushing for "sweeping concessions," including wage cutbacks of up to 25 per cent. "The company is refusing to pay a shift premium for evening and weekend work, which is when customers prefer to have their servicing performed," spokesman Dave Moffat said in a statement.
TORONTO –About 550 Direct Energy workers, members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, are now on strike.
“As our customers did with the new terms and conditions on rental water heaters, it is now our turn to take a stand on a living wage, balancing work and family and being paid a fair salary and fair benefits from a company that continues to make large profits,” says Dave Moffat, CEP’s Ontario Administrative Vice-President.
The British Columbia firm offering to buy the shuttered NewPage Port
Hawkesbury mill in Cape Breton wants to cut the unionized workforce in half.
Pacific West Commercial Corp. sent mill employees an ultimatum via the
internet on Thursday and said if a new collective agreement cannot be
reached, the company will withdraw its bid to buy the mill.