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SaskTel, CEP reach tentative agreement • Nova Scotia college support staff ratify collective agreement • CAW, Loomis reach agreement

SaskTel, CEP reach tentative agreement

REGINA — SaskTel and the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) have reached a tentative collective agreement. The agreement covers more than 3,000 union members in roles including customer service, installations, repairs, sales and administrative functions. "Congratulations to the members of the bargaining committees for their tireless efforts over the past weeks and months," said CEP Western Region vice-president Jim Britton. The current collective agreement expired on March 16, 2013.

Nova Scotia college support staff ratify collective agreement

HALIFAX — Professional support staff of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) have voted in favour of the tentative agreement reached between the college and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) on May 24. Staff voted 97 per cent in favour of the agreement (87 per cent of eligible workers cast ballots) that runs from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2014.

The agreement covers 156 professionals, including registrars, librarians, counsellors, student support workers and training co-ordinators at campuses across the province.

Highlights of the agreement include the same salary increase as the recent settlement for public school teachers and community college faculty — a salary increase of 7.5 per cent (7.7 compounded) over three years,with a two per cent increase effective Sept. 1, 2011, a 2.5 per cent increase on Sept. 1, 2012, and three per cent increase on Sept. 1, 2013.

It also contains an increase in dental for major restoration services. Professional support staff have now been allotted an additional professional learning day and are now eligible to engage in the Learning College Portfolio program, in which they can advance their learning to meet professional and organizational goals and receive additional compensation, the union said.

The NSTU represents more than 10,000 public school teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff in Nova Scotia, and teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

CAW, Loomis reach agreement

TORONTO — The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and Loomis Express have reached a tentative agreement after what the union called "marathon" bargaining talks that narrowly averted a work stoppage.

"The CAW members at Loomis Express stood together across the country and fought hard to resist the massive concessions tabled by this employer," said Bob Orr, assistant to CAW president Ken Lewenza.

The agreement was reached in advance of the deadline of 12:01 a.m. on June 12.

Further details of the tentative agreement will be released after ratification, the CAW said. The CAW represents 2,000 Loomis workers across the country in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

The union said Loomis, had imposed a bargaining deadline of June 11 to reach all collective agreements. There are five agreements, based on region — Nova Scotia (36 employees), Ontario (700 employees), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (165 employees), Alberta (365 employees), B.C. (430 employees.)

Negotiations had been ongoing since December 2012.

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