Palisade Gardens workers vote to ratify new contract
Members at Palisade Gardens ratified a new collective agreement at a meeting held April 8, 2015. The members of the bargaining unit at this retirement home in Cobourg belong to the Hospital, Office & Professional Employees (HOPE) sector of Local 175.
The new three-year contract includes across-the-board wage increases totalling 6.5% over the duration of the term, plus an additional 10 cents per hour following ratification for Personal Support Aides (PSAs).
New language states that all Health & Safety Committee members will receive training, paid for by the company. Other language improves vacation entitlement to a maximum of five weeks after 20 years of service, paid at 10%, and establishes policy for working statutory holidays as rotation by seniority.
Union Negotiating Committee: Jamie Lynn Dunk and Union Rep Dean McLaren.