New contract for members at New Edinburgh Square
At a meeting held December 2, 2014, members at the New Edinburgh Square nursing care home in Ottawa secured a new three-year collective agreement. The more than 60 workers, who belong to the Health, Office & Professional Employees (HOPE) sector of Local 175, benefit from a number of improvements including wage increases totaling 4.5% over the term of the deal.
Vision care coverage increases to $200 per 24-month period, and orthotics are now covered up to $150 per 24-month period. Those employees hired after 2001 also benefit from improved sick day entitlement of two additional days per year.
Those employed for 23 years or more now receive 6 weeks’ paid vacation. Those eligible for more than two weeks of vacation may schedule their entitlement beyond two weeks as individual days.
New ‘cross training’ language allows part-time workers to increase their hours. Additional improvements introduce ‘duty to accommodate’ language, and bereavement entitlement now includes fathers- and mothers-in-law.
Union Negotiating Committee: Burt Camarsi, Darlene Munro, Shirley Parks, Sandra Proulx, and Union Rep Simon Baker.