Hospital professionals represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) reached a tentative contract extension on Oct. 12 with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA).
If ratified by both sides, the contract extension will extend the current central collective agreement by three years, to March 31, 2022, according to OPSEU.
The contract extension with OPSEU's hospital professionals maintains all provisions contained in the current collective agreement reached 18 months ago, and provides for annual wage increases of 1.75 per cent effective April 1, 2019, said the union.
"I'm very excited by the outcome we've reached: It gives our members and the hospitals stability for an additional three years," said Sandi Blancher, chair of the OPSEU negotiating team.
Labelle, who is also chair of the union's Hospital Professionals Division, said the tentative agreement reinforces OPSEU's position as the leader in representing hospital professionals in Ontario.
OPSEU members work in more than 250 occupational groups inside many provincial hospitals.
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