Access Alliance workers achieve 3 year agreement

December 4, 2013 at 9:33pm

On December 4, 2013, the 50 members at Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services in Toronto, ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes a number of improvements. The workers belong to the Health, Office & Professional Employees (HOPE) sector of UFCW Local 175.Active employees will receive lump sums of $400 for full-time and $200 for part-time, in each year of the contract term. Peer Outreach Workers will now reach top rate after 30 months of service instead of 54 months.

Effective 2014, each full-time worker receives $500 per year toward professional development training. In addition, workers will not lose regular pay, to a maximum of 35 hours, when time is taken off work for professional development training. Employees required to travel for work purposes will receive increased reimbursement of 43 cents per kilometre going forward.
The employer will now provide 30 calendar days’ notice for permanent changes to a worker’s schedule and 48 hours’ notice for temporary schedule changes.
Language in the anti-harassment policy has been improved as has language for job postings, layoffs, and vacation.
Union Negotiating Committee: Jennifer Atkins, Helen De Oliveira, Mahbub-Ur Rahman, and Union Rep Mona Bailey.