Nurses skirt wage freeze, get lump sums

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By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/13/2011

On the surface, the new collective agreement between the Ontario Hospital Assn. (OHA) and the Ontario Nurses’ Assn. (ONA) fulfills the requirements of the province’s wage restraint policy: there are no increases for the first two years.

However, substantial lump sums will cost the hospitals up to $2,612 in two installments for the most senior of Ontario’s 45,000 acute-care nurses.

In addition, shift, weekend and team leader premiums will all increase, beginning in the first year.