Aim Health Group, Centre for Pain Management, ratifies first collective agreement

March 20, 2015 at 10:02am

At meetings held on March 15, 2015 in London, Mississauga and Ottawa, members in attendance voted unanimously in favour of ratifying their first collective agreement. The 3 year Agreement covers RN’s, RPN’s, Centre Coordinators and Receptionists at nine pain management clinics from Ottawa to London.

Highlights of the settlement include:

Effective the date of ratification, wages will increase an average of 10% and in some instances as high as 22%. Any employee who does not receive an increase on the date of ratification will receive a $500 lump sum within 2 weeks of the date of ratification in addition to the progression increases. All rates will receive an additional 2% increase in years 2 & 3.

Overtime will now be paid after 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week where previously it was paid after 44 hours per week. Full-time employees who are called in on their day off will now be paid 1.5 times their hourly rate for all hours worked.

A part-time employee who regularly work 22.5 hours or more will now qualify for benefits. This is a decrease in the qualifying hours down from 30 hours. In addition any part-time employees who do not qualify for benefits as indicated above will now be paid 4% in lieu of benefits in addition to their bi-weekly pay. Part time employees who work 22.5 hours per week will also qualify for 5 paid personal days, a reduction from the previously required 30 hours/week.

Benefit premium costs will be shared 80/20 (worker/employer) which will include Long Term Disability which was previously 100% employee paid. Reimbursement for prescriptions drugs and dental fees increases from 50% to 70%. In addition the employer will now pay the first 2 weeks waiting period for maternity leave to the EI equivalent.

Employees who qualify for 4 weeks’ vacation may carry 1 week over into the next vacation year.

The employer will contribute $500 per year to the UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Training and Education Fund.

Members of the Union negotiating committee were Silvia Rebello-Santos, Chris Vaughan, Galina Bromberg-Roy, Georgina Lucas-O’Neill and Union Representative Rob Nicholas.