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UPDATE National Day for Truth and Reconciliation now a paid holiday for Rexall/Pharma Plus members In 2021, the Union filed a grievance against Rexall/ Pharma Plus for a breach of collective agreement language when the company chose not to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a paid holiday for Members. Unable to resolve the issue through the grievance procedure, the parties met at an arbitration hearing on February 18, 2022. On March 31, 2022, Arbitrator Randazzo issued a decision: that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation should be treated as a paid holiday in keeping with existing language in Articles 7.01 and 6.01 in Appendix A of the collective agreement.

Vishay Precision Group workers organize for wage transparency and equity On April 27 and 28, workers at the Vishay Precision Group (KELK) voted in favour of joining the Union. With one location in Toronto, the skilled employees at Vishay Precision Group design and manufacture electronic measuring and control equipment which can endure harsh conditions. The products these workers make are used across many industries. Our newest members at Vishay Precision Group are employed as quality assurance inspectors, electronic technicians and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinists, among other positions. Employees voted Union YES! to ensure they could enjoy better working conditions, fair, transparent and equitable wages, and health and safety improvements, as well as a harassment and favouritism-free workplace. The new bargaining unit is comprised of approximately 40 fulltime employees. “We applaud these workers for their courage and resolve in standing up for themselves and their best interests, and voting in favour of joining Canada’s largest Local Union,” said President Shawn Haggerty.

The decision covers UFCW Locals 175 & 633 members who were actively employed by Rexall/Pharma Plus on September 30, 2021. Approximately 3,200 members will benefit from this win, as will many more going forward. For the calendar year 2022 and thereafter, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be added as a paid public holiday in the collective agreement for Rexall/Pharma Plus employees. Members employed on September 30, 2021, will receive float time in lieu of retroactive payment. Fulltime employees receive one float day, valued at 12 hours of straight time at the employee’s regular hourly rate. Part-time employees receive a float day valued at four hours of straight time at the employee’s regular rate. These float days must be: •

Taken within one year of the decision date (March 31, 2022);

Requested at least three weeks in advance;

Taken at one time (employees may not break up the hours), and;

Cannot be unreasonably denied by the employer.

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