Windsor – Unifor members of Local 2458 at La Chaumiere Retirement Residence, a retirement home in Belle River, Ontario have ratified a 3-year collective agreement with their employer.
“The healthcare sector is undergoing fundamental change. PSW shortages are at a crisis level in both Ontario nursing homes and retirement homes, and present a huge operational challenges in caring for residents,” said Tullio DiPonti, Unifor Local 2458 President. “Nonetheless, the bargaining committee members were determined to make gains in wages and benefits for our members and the employer recognized that the solutions to this problem can be addressed through bargaining solid collective agreements.”
The new contract was ratified by 100% and replaces the previous one which had expired on January 2019. The new contract includes improvement in health benefits, access to mental health supports and wage increases of 8% and 12% over the term of the contracts.
“This contract gives health care workers at La Chaumiere with the highest wage increases we have seen in a long while, making jobs at this retirement residence good jobs that workers can rely on,” said Shelley Smith, Unifor Local 2458 Second Vice President. “Employers across the province need to take notice that attracting and retaining health care workers starts by ensuring workers are fairly compensated.”
Workers in retirement residences and long-term care homes across Ontario are dramatically underpaid and overworked, which has led to a systemic shortage of workers in the sector. The sharp increase in pay at La Chaumiere will bring workers up to a living wage, better recognizing the critical care that they deliver.
The contract as well includes improvements to work schedule language, paid education leave and increased shift premiums.
The new collective agreement covers more than 60 Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Personal Support Workers at La Chaumiere Retirement Residence.
Unifor represents more than 30,000 health care workers, including hospitals, long-term care, emergency services, and community and social services and is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
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