Employees of Crescent Park Lodge, Millennium Trail Manor, Maple Park Lodge, and Billings Court Manor, all in in Ontario, ratified a new collective agreement on April 5 that proves wage increases and other improvements over the course of the 18-month contract.
“Despite deep dissatisfaction, staff at the homes voted 74 per cent in favour of the new contract,” says Roberta Vriesema, CLAC representative. “Staff accepted a 2.1 per cent pay increase for an 18-month contract knowing that this will do nothing to stop workers from leaving long-term care, or addressing the problem of working short and meeting the level of care expected by family members.”
The workers are represented by Niagara Health Care and Service Workers Union, CLAC Local 302, where they work in long term care homes located in Burlington, Niagara Falls, and Fort Erie, and owned and operated by ConMed Health Care Group. The 540 employees covered by the agreement include RNs, RPNs, PSWs, therapeutic recreationists, cooks, and dietary aides, said the union.
The new agreement provides employees with a 2.1 per cent wage increase over the term while registered nurses’ wages will increase by 2.4 per cent. Other improvements include a $0.04 per hour increase to the weekend premium as well as an increase to vision benefits coverage, said the union.