Norfolk Hospital Agreement Overwhelmingly Ratified
February 8, 2010, 10:53 AM EST
CAW Local 302 members who work at the Norfolk Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario have voted 92 per cent in favour of a new three-year agreement that ensures they reach pattern with other southern Ontario hospitals.
The new agreement provides wage increases, improved benefits, increases in shift premiums and gains in vacation. Wage increases are two per cent in each year of the contract.
In addition Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) receive a bump up to ensure they reach pattern. There are also benefit gains such as chiropractic and physiotherapy coverage for the first time, as well as improvements in bereavement coverage and other benefits.
CAW national representative Julie Herron said it was a tough round of bargaining and that the agreement was possible because of strong membership support. "The solidarity of the membership helped the bargaining committee achieve a strong agreement which in turn ensures our members will reach the pattern with other southern Ontario hospitals," Herron said.
Unit chairperson Terry Myers said the contract talks were tough, but as bargaining continued the unit became more united and focused on achieving the best agreement in difficult economic times. "This was the highest ratification result we've ever had," Myers said.
CAW Local 302 represents 234 workers at the Norfolk Hospital including RPNs, personal support workers, cooks, servers and hospital service workers.