Bonnie Place employees ratify first collective agreement
June 26, 2019
Employees at Bonnie Place Retirement Home in St. Thomas have ratified their first collective agreement as members of UFCW Local 175.
The 19 full-time health care workers at Bonnie Place Retirement Home will see wage increases of 2% to all classifications in each year of the three-year term. In addition, several classifications will receive additional adjustments:
- 75 cents per hour for Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs);
- 40 cents per hour for Activities; and,
- 15 cents per hour for Dietary Aides.
The uniform allowance and weekend shift premiums improve as well.
Since this is a first agreement, negotiated language includes strong Union security provisions and a detailed grievance procedure to resolve disputes. Plus, members benefit from improved scheduling language regarding hours of work, and increased bereavement entitlement.
Through bargaining, the members maintained their existing benefits, including employer-matched pension contributions as well.
Members voted to ratify their agreement on June 21, 2019. Bonnie Place Retirement Home is operated by Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes Ltd.
Union Negotiating Committee: Lucy Childs, Roxanne Jeffs, and Union Rep Lee Johnson-Koehn.
Find out why Health Care workers benefit from belonging to our Union! In the last little while, members at a number of Health Care workplaces have ratified their very first Union contracts just like the members at Bonnie Place! Learn more about those contracts here.