Members at Breakaway Addiction Services achieve new agreement

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October 29, 2020

On October 21, 2020, the members at Breakaway Addiction Services in Toronto ratified a three-year collective agreement.

Breakaway Addiction Services employees ratify new agreementThe Union Negotiating Committee for the members at Breakaway Addiction Services achieved a number of improvements that were important to the members.

In the ratified agreement, members will benefit from an additional week’s vacation after 11 years of service. They can also now use up to $250 of their annual Professional Development funds as a donation toward the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) group at the workplace. In addition, each member may use up to $500 of their Professional Development funds each year toward the cost of counselling, mileage reimbursement, and meal allowances.

The definition of family throughout the agreement now includes the term ‘chosen family’ and the agreement will now use gender neutral language.

Members may now use their sick days for appointments for the employee or their family.

Language improvements reduces the qualifying time required for benefits by three months for new employees. Now, employees qualify for benefits after three months of service instead of the previous six months. In addition, there are language improvements around the Labour-Management Committee.Members at Breakaway Addiction Services ratify new agreement

The three-year collective agreement covers the 21 full-time employees who make up the bargaining unit at Breakaway Addiction Services.

Union Negotiating Committee: Stephan Chatterton, Gordon Seaman, Kai Somerville, Claudine Tran, and Union Rep Casey Magee.

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