Muskoka ACS dispatchers ratify new agreement
Members at the Muskoka ACS, who work as EMS dispatchers, ratified a new three-year collective agreement on March 20, 2017.
Wages increase for all rates by .75% in year one, 1.5% in year two, and another 1.5% in year three. The first increase is fully retroactive for hours worked since the expiry of the previous contract. These wage improvements ensure that the Members reach the top of the wage rate for EMS dispatchers in Ontario.
The Friday and Weekend premiums double to 50 cents per hour each. Additionally, there is a new Trainer premium of $1 per hour.
Full-time members receive an additional $10,000 for AD&D coverage to provide a total of $70,000. Full-time employees also receive enhanced prescription eyeglass coverage of $350, up from $300, plus the addition of $25 toward the cost of eye exams every two years. Part-time members receive a health spending budget of $200 per year. Members also benefit from the addition of an extra sick day per year.
New language provides more equitable allocation of time off over the Christmas holidays.
Union Negotiating Committee: Brad Gondos, Kris Barnes, and Union Rep Tony Nigro.
Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.