Hillel Lodge LTC workers ratify first collective agreement

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Five members of the Unifor Local 8300 bargaining committee raise their fists in the air after negotiating first collective agreement at Hillel Lodge.

Unifor Local 8300 members ratified their first collective agreement with Hillel Lodge, a long-term care facility in Ottawa, Ontario.

Members at Hillel Lodge joined Unifor because they wanted better workplace protections and improvements to their working conditions, and their solidarity, and the work of their bargaining committee delivered on those hopes,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “I am pleased that we negotiated a fair and equitable collective agreement for these COVID heroes.”

The agreement provides workers with strong contract language and improvements to sick days for full-time staff. Wages for the contract were bound by Doug Ford’s Bill 124 which caps wage increases at 1% per year across the broader public sector, included funded LTC homes like this workplace. Unions across the province are engaged in a legal challenge to the bill as it strips workers rights to negotiate. 

The bargaining committee negotiated language that would allow discussions to reopen should Bill 124 be defeated.

“The committee worked swiftly and diligently in achieving this tentative agreement,” said Kathleen Brooks, President of Local 8300. “The foundation we created together in this round of bargaining will serve members well for agreements to come.”

Unifor Local 8300 represents 175 members who work as Cooks, Dietary Aides Environmental Services Workers, Environmental Systems Workers, Feeding Assistants, Housekeeping, Laundry, Personal Support Worker/Health Care Aides, Physiotherapy Assistants, Recreation Assistants, Registered Practical Nurses, Social Service Workers, Stores/Inventory Workers at Hillel Lodge.

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