First agreement achieved by members at The Riverine

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November 20, 2020

Congratulations to employees at The Riverine retirement home in Napanee who just achieved their first collective agreement as UFCW Local 175 members.

Negotiations for this first contract at The Riverine took place almost entirely on Zoom. “The Committee was great,” said Union Rep Dean McLaren. “We’re off to a good start with this contract; it includes substantial monetary improvements and I’m proud to say the members ratified it unanimously.”

The agreement contains language enshrining all leaves under the Employment Standards Act, a grievance and arbitration procedure, just cause protection, seniority for job postings, vacation scheduling, and much more.

In each year of the three-year term, members will receive raises of 2% beginning on April 1, 2020. Effective April 1, 2021, housekeeping, room attendant, prep cook, and dietary classifications will receive an additional 25 cents per hour on top of the 2% increase. These classifications will receive a further 25 cent per hour raise in April 2022 on top of the percentage increase.

In the third year of the agreement, the employer will pay 65% of the health care premiums, up from 60%, which will help put some money back in the pockets of employees. A new uniform allowance will also help offset some costs for the members.

Going forward, part-time employees may now participate in the health and welfare plan, as well as the pension plan. Additional language provides paid sick days, and two more paid statutory holidays enshrined in the agreement. Members benefit from an additional week of paid vacation entitlement after 20 years of service as well.

The Riverine First AgreementThe agreement, which members ratified unanimously on November 3, 2020, covers the approximately 35 full and part-time employees at the Riverine in Napanee. The Riverine employees first joined the Union in December 2019.

Union Negotiating Committee: Roxeanne Brownlee, Lisa Leclaire, Jan Paterson, and Union Rep Dean McLaren.

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

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