Breakaway members ratify HOPE Sector Collective Agreement

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December 8, 2023

HOPE Sector members at Breakaway unanimously ratify new agreement

The members at Breakaway Community Services in Toronto unanimously ratified a three-year agreement on November 15, 2023. Members will receive wage increases as follows:

  • 2023-2024 (effective March 2024): $750.00 one-time lumpsum prorated to FTE in addition to 1% pay equity: pay equity increases start Jan 1 of every year.
  • 2024-2025: 2% increase for all classifications in addition to 1% pay equity.
  • 2025-2026: 1.5% increase for all classifications in addition to 1% pay equity increase.

Language improvements include:

  • Language will be added to allow members to use $200 of Professional Development monies to supplement health benefits as well as professional college registration fees.
  • Chosen family language definition added.
  • Unaddressed agenda items at board meetings will receive priority during the next meeting.
  • LOA language for up to 12 months.
  • Addition of a sunset clause.
  • Timeline for discipline being implemented.
  • Arbitration language re-timeline.
  • Mileage increases from $0.52/km to $0.58/km.
  • Addition of Step-parent, Step-child and Step sibling in bereavement leave.  
  • One additional bereavement day for death of an employee’s aunt, uncle, niece and nephew.
  • The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to be added to the list of holidays.
  • Stewards will be given two days Lieu time for Union conventions.

The Negotiating Committee, along with Union Representative Casey Magee, sit around a table discussing the potential changes to their collective agreement.
Negotiating Committee members, along with Union Representative Hodan Wais, stand together in a room after completing negotiations.

Union negotiating committee: Marina Classen, Kai Somerville, Madison Tooley and Lindsay Williams.

Union representatives: Casey Magee and Hodan Wais.

Read more Negotiation Updates from the Local 175 HOPE Sector! What’s HOPE? It stands for Health, Office & Professional Employees.

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