Agreement ratified at St. Thomas Health Centre in Edmonton

Wage increase, boosted shift premiums part of new deal: AUPE
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 02/21/2018
Collective agreement
As well, the new deal adds an additional five vacation days after 10 years of service, paid sick-leave provisions, four uniforms tops for full-time employees upon hire and three for part-time workers, said the union. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

St. Thomas Health Care members voted on Feb. 14 in favour of ratifying a tentative agreement reached with the employer last month.

The agreement includes a wage increase of one per cent in the second year. Those increases led to the establishment of the new wage grid with initial placement on the grid based upon the wage rate employees had as of October 2017, said the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE).

Each step forward on the grid represents a 2.5 per cent increase in an employees’ wage rate. All employees advance on the grid when they have worked 1,957.5 hours. This means full-time employees will advance on the grid in October 2018, said the union.

The agreement establishes an employee management advisory committee and an occupational health and safety committee. The employer also agreed that all disciplinary letters and sanctions will be purged from an employee’s record after two years, provided they’ve had no further disciplinary measures, according to AUPE.

Further highlights of the tentative agreement include notice of sub-contracting article, an alternative dispute resolution process, a $0.25 increase to all shift and weekend premiums effective upon ratification and Boxing Day added to named holidays. As well, the new deal adds an additional five vacation days after 10 years of service, paid sick-leave provisions, four uniforms tops for full-time employees upon hire and three for part-time workers, said the union. 

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