Amendments to the Construction Projects LabourManagement Relations Act

first_img “Companies looking to invest a significant amount of money and resources in our province would like the reassurance that a settled agreement for the life of project can bring,” said Al Stapleton, president of the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association. The act does not prevent a developer from working with a non-unionized contractor even when there is a project agreement in place. The amendments will take effect immediately after they are passed. repeal the current act and rename the new legislation as the Construction Projects Labour Relations Act give a developer of a $2 billion plus industrial construction project the option to seek a project-specific agreement for the life of the project amend the definition of construction project to include projects over $2 billion dollars, specifically liquefied natural gas projects in Guysborough and Richmond counties allow other economically significant industrial construction projects to be designated as construction projects by regulation following public consultation outline a process to notify multiple parties of a developer’s desire to negotiate a project agreement when a developer wants a project agreement, ensure construction does not start until there is one in place that covers the life of the project provide a mechanism, through the Labour Board, to resolve issues that may arise under the act Legislation introduced today, Nov. 2, will help create a stable labour relations climate for mega-industrial construction projects in Nova Scotia. The amendments to the Construction Projects Labour-Management Relations Act give developers of multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas projects in Richmond and Guysborough Counties the option to enter into a project-specific agreement to ensure no work stoppages during the life of the project. “Our government is committed to improving Nova Scotia’s competitiveness and positioning our province for growth,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This legislation helps create a stable labour relations climate that will encourage further investment and growth and bring economic benefits to our province and our people.” The department was asked by Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association and Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades to update the 40-year old legislation with a modernized version. “The stability a project agreement brings is good for everyone, including workers, who will benefit by having settled work conditions over the life of a project,” said Brad Smith, executive director of Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades. Specifically, the amendments will:last_img read more

Amazon is offering 10 to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their

Amazon.com Inc. has a promotion for U.S. shoppers on Prime Day, the 48-hour marketing blitz that started Monday: Earn $10 of credit if you let Amazon track the websites you visit.The deal is for new installations of the Amazon Assistant, a comparison-shopping tool that customers can add to their web browsers. It fetches Amazon’s price for products that users see on Walmart.com, Target.com and elsewhere.In order to work, the assistant needs access to users’ web activity, including the links and some page content they view. The catch, as Amazon explains in the fine print, is the company can use this data to improve its general marketing, products and services, unrelated to the shopping assistant. Amazon asks to join broadband space race with Elon Musk’s SpaceX Amazon to let Alexa users delete recordings via voice command amid mounting criticism over privacy Mozilla exec tells big data committee he was ‘shocked’ by what Alexa recorded The terms underscore the power consumers routinely give to Amazon and other big technology companies when using their free services. In this case, Amazon gains potential insight into how it should tailor marketing and how it could stamp out the retail competition.“This data is often used for training machine learning models to do better ad targeting,” said Bennett Cyphers, a technologist at the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. “But in the U.S., there aren’t really restrictions on what you can do with this kind of data.”Amazon already has more than 7 million customers using its assistant via Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, according to data published by those web browsers. Other companies offer similar shopping tools.While another technology known as tracking pixels shows Amazon information from visitors to roughly 15 per cent of the top 10,000 websites, the assistant lets Amazon follow a smaller set of users from page to page, Cyphers said.Amazon’s combination of tools still pales in comparison to data collection by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which has tracking pixels on most web pages.Amazon did not discuss how it uses the data it gathers via the assistant for any unrelated purposes, but a job listing for an affiliated team known as Browser Integration Technologies says the group’s influence “spans across advertising and marketing, pricing and selection.”“Customer trust is paramount to Amazon, and we take customer privacy very seriously,” a company spokeswoman said, noting compliance with the assistant’s privacy policy, which says data collection is for websites that users visit “where we may have relevant product or service recommendations.”The policy also notes that customers can disable certain features of the assistant, and that Amazon only links browsing data to an individual’s account when the assistant is in active use.U.S. lawmakers have recently increased their scrutiny of Silicon Valley’s data collection practices. A bill introduced in the Senate last month proposed requiring that big platforms disclose what information they gather from users and how much that is worth.“When a big tech company says its product is free, consumers are the ones being sold. These ‘free’ products track everything we do,” said Republican Senator Josh Hawley in a statement announcing the bill.Amazon’s Prime Day promotion offers a window into what it will pay for browsing data. For Prime Day 2018, it offered $5 off to new Amazon Assistant users who spent at least $25. This year it offered $10 off to those spending at least $50.Amazon is also fine paying nothing for the data: New customers only get the $10 credit if they install the assistant from a particular landing page, if they are Prime members, and if they make their purchase via the assistant by Aug. 2.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more