CAW Members Ratify Two Collective Agreements at Windsor Regional Hospital
February 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EST
CAW Local 2458 members have ratified one-year collective agreements covering two bargaining units at Windsor Regional Hospital. Both the Service Unit and the Skilled Trades Unit agreements include a 2% wage increase, post 65 benefits for active employees, and skilled trades language gains.
But most importantly the deals contain job security language that will help to alleviate some of the pain that will accompany the major restructuring when Windsor Regional Hospital closes the doors at its Malden Park long-term care facility in December. This could affect up to 130 bargaining unit jobs.
Service members voted 88 per cent in support and skilled trades 82 per cent.
CAW Local 2458 President Bruce Dickie noted because of the Malden Park closure, the bargaining committee agreed it was in the best interest of their membership and a top priority, to secure an agreement that would assist them through this transition, even if that meant a shorter term.
"The alternative would have been the arbitration process that can often take so long that we quite possibly would not have had an agreement in place before the closure, and that was just not something we were prepared to risk."
Tullio DiPonti, Financial Secretary of CAW Local 2458 said "Our membership would have certainly preferred the security of a three-year agreement, but completely understood why we could not jeopardize language that will assist those affected by this restructuring."
CAW represents 700 members at Windsor Regional Hospital. An agreement for the technical unit, representing 125 technologists and technicians remains outstanding.