Montreal school crossing guards agree to a new contract

At a general meeting this Monday night, Montreal school crossing guards voted 83% in favour of a tentative agreement reached last May 17 with the City of Montreal. This agreement firms up a new five-year collective agreement, which will cover the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020.

The new collective agreement gradually increases the hourly wage from $16.14 to $19 from 2016-2020. Previously, Montreal school crossing guards who were both permanent and full-time earned an annual salary of $13,000.

Tentative agreement reached in Cornwall city workers’ strike

Tentative agreements have been reached between the City of Cornwall and each of four striking CUPE locals.

Bargaining committees representing library workers, paramedics, outside and inside workers will be recommending the settlements to their memberships for ratification. There will be no further details of the settlements shared until members have had an opportunity to review their contents and vote. Ratification votes will be scheduled in the days to come.

Volatile organic chemicals

Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) are carbon-containing compounds that evaporate easily into air at normal air temperatures.

Common VOCs include benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PERC), vinyl chloride, and styrene. Along with carbon, VOCs contain elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, sulfur or nitrogen. 

VOCs are found in a wide variety of commercial, industrial and residential products, including:

Tentative agreement reached for bus drivers in Longueuil

Late in the day Tuesday, a tentative agreement was reached to renew the collective agreement of the some 750 Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) bus drivers. They will be invited to a general meeting on June 16, where they will find out more about the contents of the agreement, which will then be voted on by secret ballot.

Out of respect for its membership, the union will not be commenting on this agreement before the meeting is held.

Cornwall city workers vote on employer’s last offer: CUPE statement on vote results

Votes conducted today on the City of Cornwall’s last offers to four striking Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals have yielded an averaged 92.5% rejection of what the employer has proposed.

The City asked us to take their last offer directly to our members, and we have done that, using the documents submitted by the employer to the Ministry of Labour last week. Our members have voted, and we have communicated the results to the City of Cornwall. We expect they will respect the democratic outcome of these votes.