First contract achieved at Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture

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November 1, 2019

Congratulations to the employees at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) on ratifying their first collective agreement as Union members.

The agreement includes wage increases for all employees of 1.5% in each of the first four years of the agreement. In the fifth year, employees will receive a raise of 1.6%. In addition, the agreement contains a letter of understanding to provide extra raises should the employer receive additional provincial and/or federal funding.

As this is a first contract, the members will now benefit from Union Representation enshrined in the contract language. The Union Negotiating Committee achieved language providing Union Reps access to the facility with no required advance notice.

Given the nature of the services the workers provide at CCVT, it was important to these members to achieve an agreement with good health provisions. The Committee successfully bargained to have the employee’s healthcare benefits paid for fully by the employer. Plus, the agreement provides for one paid float day, 12 paid sick days, and three paid mental health days every year. The agreement respects the employees’ religious holidays as well.

The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture employs 32 full-time people who belong to UFCW Local 175. The members ratified their first contract on October 30, 2019.

Union Negotiating Committee: Domine Rutayisire and Union Rep Ali Farman.

CCVT employees join the UnionFind out what brought the employees at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture to join UFCW Local 175! Learn why here.

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

In all types of health care facilities, it is the front-line workers who shoulder the most responsibility in providing care to patients. Find out why Health Care workers benefit from belonging to our Union!

Plus, you can also read updates from across all the sectors where members of the Local Union work.