Retirement home workers in Ottawa secure wage increases and language improvements

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July 24, 2023

The HOPE Sector members employed at the Waterford and Grand Retirement homes in Ottawa ratified a three-year agreement on June 15, 2023.

Members wages will increase as follows: All classifications will receive a 3% increase on November 1, 2022, 2023 and 2024. PSWs who have reached top rate will see increases over the three-year term of 13.5%. RPNs at top rate will receive wage increases of 18% over the three years. A weekend premium of $.15 will be introduced.

An RRSP contribution will be introduced based upon a match of the employee contribution up to 2% per year.

Other language improvements include:

  • A float day will be added November 2023.
  • The addition of a 4th and 5th week vacation entitlement.
  • Charting and reporting paid 15 minutes.
  • Gender Neutral language will be reflected throughout the agreement.
  • Language to provide the opportunity to dispute any new classification and wages.

Achievements were made in this difficult set of negotiations with the strength and unity of the negotiating committee.

Union negotiating committee: Daniel Lurette, Fawzia Mohamed, Laura Perseo and Deborah Walker. Union representative: 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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