Aim Health Group, Centre for Pain Management, ratifies first collective agreement
At meetings held on March 15, 2015 in London, Mississauga and Ottawa, members in attendance voted unanimously in favour of ratifying their first collective agreement. The 3 year Agreement covers RN’s, RPN’s, Centre Coordinators and Receptionists at nine pain management clinics from Ottawa to London.
Highlights of the settlement include:
Effective the date of ratification, wages will increase an average of 10% and in some instances as high as 22%. Any employee who does not receive an increase on the date of ratification will receive a $500 lump sum within 2 weeks of the date of ratification in addition to the progression increases. All rates will receive an additional 2% increase in years 2 & 3.
Overtime will now be paid after 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week where previously it was paid after 44 hours per week. Full-time employees who are called in on their day off will now be paid 1.5 times their hourly rate for all hours worked.
A part-time employee who regularly work 22.5 hours or more will now qualify for benefits. This is a decrease in the qualifying hours down from 30 hours. In addition any part-time employees who do not qualify for benefits as indicated above will now be paid 4% in lieu of benefits in addition to their bi-weekly pay. Part time employees who work 22.5 hours per week will also qualify for 5 paid personal days, a reduction from the previously required 30 hours/week.
Benefit premium costs will be shared 80/20 (worker/employer) which will include Long Term Disability which was previously 100% employee paid. Reimbursement for prescriptions drugs and dental fees increases from 50% to 70%. In addition the employer will now pay the first 2 weeks waiting period for maternity leave to the EI equivalent.
Employees who qualify for 4 weeks’ vacation may carry 1 week over into the next vacation year.
The employer will contribute $500 per year to the UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Training and Education Fund.
Members of the Union negotiating committee were Silvia Rebello-Santos, Chris Vaughan, Galina Bromberg-Roy, Georgina Lucas-O’Neill and Union Representative Rob Nicholas.