WINNIPEG—Wage increases and a night shift wage premium are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified by Unifor members working at the Association for Community Living (ACL).
ACL provides housing to people with developmental disabilities, and supports families through advocacy, individual consultation, and training and information. Unifor Local 468 members provide essential support by helping clients with their daily needs, including eating, bathing, doctor appointments, and recreational activities.
“The Manitoba government has shown how little it thinks of ACL’s clients with deeply inadequate funding for their development and care,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “This new collective agreement is a step towards getting ACL workers fair and equitable wages.”
The one-year contract for Local 468 members increases wages up to 6% for some classifications, a premium for working nights, improved vacation criteria, and the unit fought back all concessions. The contract is retroactive to July 2022 and will expire July 12, 2023.
“Manitobans deserve a government that makes community health services a priority,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Congratulations to our members at ACL for bargaining tough. I’m looking forward to the next round of bargaining and the next election. We won’t let voters forget how this government treats health care workers and the vulnerable populations they serve.”
ACL is funded almost entirely by the provincial government.
Unifor 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.