Transcare Community Support Services workers ratify first collective agreement

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June 1, 2015

On May 22, 2015 bargaining unit members at Transcare Community Support Services in Scarborough voted to ratify their first collective agreement.

Many gains were made under the newly negotiated agreement. Some of the highlights are:

The agreement will provide wage increases of 1 – 4% and employees will now be paid a night shift premium. Holiday pay will be calculated as a fixed amount based on a day’s regular wage and bargaining unit employees with 10 years of service will now be entitled to 4 weeks of vacation. Members will be paid on a bi-weekly schedule.

There will be 17 new full time jobs offered to part time PSWs (by seniority) bringing the full time compliment to 75 employees. In addition 78 casual employees will convert to part time. Hours of work are defined for part time workers at 24 hours or less per week and full time hours will be 35-44 depending on job classification. Employees who work 4 or more hours in a day will now receive a 15 minute rest period without loss of pay. A bi-weekly work schedule will be made available in writing to all employees.

Employees with 1 – 5 years of employment will be entitled to 5 sick days and those with more than 5 years will receive 10 sick days.

Full time PSWs providing community care will receive fuel cards or TTC passes. Uniforms will be provided at no cost to the employee.

The employer will pay 100% of the cost for Life Insurance and AD&D benefits and 75% of the cost for extended health care and optional LTD coverage. Eligible employees (those with 1 year of employment who have completed their probationary period) will be able to participate in the group RRSP where the Employer will contribute an amount equivalent to 2% of an eligible full-time employee’s annual earnings. Where an eligible full-time employee has completed 10 or more years of employment and the employee contributes more than 2% of their annual earnings to the group RRSP, the Employer will match that portion to a maximum of 4%.

Union Negotiating Committee: Kareena Lynch, Maxine Dunn, Dawn Grant and Union Representative John DiNardo.