MONTREAL, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - There's no doubt about it, 2012
was anything but calm in terms of labour and employment. Below are some
of the tops and flops noted by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources
The Syndicat des cols bleus de Montréal and the City of Montreal
ratified an agreement three months before their collective agreement
was scheduled to expire. Described as historic by both parties, this
agreement was the outcome of eighteen months of negotiations. Bravo!
2012 was a festive year for the world of work in Quebec. The ministère
du Travail celebrated its 80th anniversary, while the Commission de
relations du travail (Quebec Labour Relations Board) marked its 10th.
White Birch Papers Stadacona mill in the Quebec City region shut down
its operations for more than nine months. On the verge of bankruptcy,
the company asked its workers and retirees to make significant
concessions. Workers agreed to a pay cut of some 10%, while retirees
saw their annuities reduced by 30%.
Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., formerly owned by Air Canada, declared
bankruptcy in the spring. The company's closure resulted in the loss of
1,800 jobs in Canada, 1,200 of which were in the Montreal area.
Steven Harper's federal government introduced special legislation to
regulate labour relations in companies considered indispensible to the
Canadian economy. This year, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt brought in
back-to-work legislation for Air Canada pilots (March 12) and Canadian
Pacific employees (May 28).
In 2012, the federal government began a reform of the employment
insurance program that seems to suggest there may be some grey areas
ahead for seasonal workers, particularly in the construction and
tourism industries. More details on this reform should be available in
After 40 months of dispute, the Au Roi du Coq Rôti restaurant in
Sherbrooke finally reopened its doors on January 16.
The mayor of Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, made pension plans a priority
in 2012. According to five major Quebec City Unions ‒ the Syndicat des
cols bleus de Québec, the Fraternité des Policiers et Policières de la
Ville de Québec, the Association des pompiers professionnels de Québec,
the Alliance des professionnels et des professionnelles de la ville de
Québec and the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Québec ‒ the
only issue that seemed to be settled during meetings with the different
unions is that pension plans will be treated individually at the
For an interview with Florent Francoeur, CHRP, President and CEO of the
Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, please contact
Justine Delisle, CHRP.
About the Ordre
With close to 8,700 members, the Ordre des conseillers en ressources
humaines agréés is the fifth largest association of its kind in the
world. It is the only organization in Quebec mandated to award human
resources professionals a title certifying their competency.
The Ordre is a leader in employee management practices. Committed to
innovation, it supports the ongoing development of human resources
professionals (CHRPs) and industrial relations counsellors (CIRCs),
thus helping to maintain a healthy balance between employee well-being
and organizational success. It is vigilant in ensuring that this
multifaceted function promotes leading-edge solutions that address the
major issues impacting the workforce.
Through its actions in the public arena, the Ordre contributes to the
advancement and reputation of the profession and plays a key
influential role in the world of work in Quebec.
SOURCE: ORDRE DES CONSEILLERS EN RESSOURCES HUMAINES AGREES
For further information:
Justine Delisle, CHRP
Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés
Tel.: 514 879-1636, ext. 235; 1 800 214 1609
Cell phone: 438 321-1251