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Seaway strike averted:

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, or SLSMC, has reached a tentative deal with the Canadian Auto Workers union, which represents its 445 employees.

A ratification vote expected this past week would seal the three-year deal and avoid a strike or lockout that could disrupt seaway shipments during a critical shipping period. Workers have been without a contract since April.

Correction:

The place line for a story on salmon farming, which appeared in last week’s edition, should have read Thurlow Point, B. C. not Thrulow Point as reported.

B. C. farm’s workers unionize:

A controversial union vote at an Abbotsford, B. C. produce farm has ended with Mexican seasonal workers at Floralia Plant Growers voting to join UFCW Canada Local 1518. The results were released Oct. 10 after B. C.’s Labour Relations Board dismissed UFCW’s claims of unfair labour practices and demand for “remedial certification.” The union alleged Floralia tried to stymie the workers’ vote by laying off 14 of 29 workers and returning them to Mexico in September. The board accepted Floralia’s defence that the weather had rendered much of the crop unharvestable. At its peak: Manitoba’s Peak of the Market is No. 44 in the top 100 Canadian food and beverage processors named in the latest issue of Food in Canada Magazine.

The designation is based on sales of just under $65 million last year, the highest in Peak’s 66-year history. “Most people don’t realize how big the fresh vegetable business is in Manitoba. We ship an average of over 90 tractor trailer loads full of Manitoba-grown veggies each week,” Peak president Larry McIntosh said in a release. Peak represents 40 growers and 120 types of vegetables. Don’t outrun the long arm of the law: “Avoid harm, obey the stop arm” is the theme of School Bus Safety Week in Manitoba, Oct. 20 to 25. The province is reminding drivers they must stop five metres from the front or rear of any school bus with its stop arm and/or other stop signals activated. Except on divided highways, it’s illegal for drivers approaching school buses from either direction to pass a bus with its amber or red lights activated and stop arm extended. Apart from the serious risk to students boarding or leaving the bus, getting caught may cost you a $530 fine and two license demerits.

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