Hospital gets two-year freeze

Lump sums substituted for wage increases
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2011

In keeping with the Ontario government’s wage restraint policy, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health negotiated an agreement with Local 500 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees with no wage increases for two years. It does, however, have lump sums of one per cent of the previous year’s earnings in the first and second years.

In addition to the wage increases, benefit cost-sharing goes from 75 per cent/25 per cent to 80/20. Shift and weekend premiums increase by 10¢ per year.

Finally, the hospital will reimburse pharmacists for 85 per cent of the cost of upgrading their credentials after the Ontario government raised qualifications for the profession.