Paramed nurses achieve first agreement
The three-year contract covers 90 full-time and 82 part-time Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) at two Paramed locations in Kitchener and Cambridge.
Among the improvements to the working conditions, the employees will benefit from language that improves scheduling based on seniority. Plus, the members now have a grievance and arbitration procedure to enforce their rights and the provisions of their agreement.
RPNs receive an initial wage increase of up to 70 cents per hour. Raises for RPNs total up to $2.10 per hour over the duration of the contract. RNs receive up to $1.10 per hour initially, and up to $3.30 per hour over the term of the deal.
Employees benefit from improved vacation entitlement of up to five weeks, which will be paid at 10%.
In addition, the nurses at Paramed can choose which of three healthcare plan options they participate in, and the premiums for those plans remain the same as previous.
Congratulations to the Members at Paramed on achieving their first agreement. Thank you to the Members of the Union Negotiating Committee as well. They were: Debbie Charon, Ashley Haelzle, Tracey Killingbeck, Glenda McKenzie, and Union Rep Steve Springall.