First Collective Agreement achieved for Christian Horizons Central and York Regions

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April 12, 2021

Over the course of three days in early March, the approximately 350 members from Christian Horizons in the Central and York Regions ratified their first collective agreement.

The three year agreement includes a wage increase of 1% across the board in each of the three years due to the Bill 124 wage cap increase imposed by the government. Language was negotiated that if the bill is repealed or amended and additional sector funding becomes available, such funds may be additional increases to overall wages.

The Health and Welfare spending account for part time workers will increase  to $750 up from $500 for the term of the agreement. All full and part time employees will receive a Christmas bonus as well as per diems for travelling with clients which will include both monetary and time-off compensation.

This first collective agreement now provides the membership with language regarding: Pay Equity, Seniority Rights, Grievance Procedure, Health and Safety, Pandemic Provisions, Lay off and Recall, Hours of Work, Call Ins and Health & Welfare (Sick ,Emergency and or Personal leave time off). Language was also negotiated for issues important to this membership including vacancies, job postings and promotions and transfers.

Negotiating Committee: Danielle Drysdale, Morenikeji Kim Franklin, Grelife Grace James, Greg Morrison, Okpan Ogby. UFCW Local 175 Executive Assistant Sylvia Groom  and Union Representative Meemee Seto.

Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.

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