Muskoka ACS ratify first contract as members of Local 175
On November 30, 2014, a three-year collective agreement was ratified by members of the Muskoka Ambulance Communications Service (ACS). This is the first agreement for these workers as members of Local 175. The twenty employees work to facilitate swift and appropriate response to medical and fire related emergencies within the District of Muskoka.
Wages increase by 1.5% in year one, .45% in year two, and 2.2% in the third year. Merit pay will now be paid regardless of performance and the rate for Ambulance Communication Officer 2 (ACO2) increases. In addition, there is now a premium for evening work during weekend hours.
The new contract includes strengthened part-time scheduling and call-in language. Members also benefit from enhanced anti-discrimination and harassment language, new vacation selection language, a drug card, an eliminated deductible for chiropractic care, and workers are no longer required to have a prescription for massage therapy coverage.
The employer will provide annual statements of sick and vacation time taken. As of April 1, 2015, the company will shift from a defined contribution pension plan to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), which is a defined benefit plan.
Union Negotiating Committee: Kris Barnes, Wendy Bertin, Katie Chambers and Region 8 Director Chris Fuller.