Peterborough health unit workers ratify new collective agreement

Paid leave, wage increases, replacement clothing allowance are all improvements negotiated during this round of collective bargaining.

logo for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO)Toronto (18 Sept. 2014) — Workers at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU) have ratified a new collective agreement with their employer, more than 16 months after their previous contract expired.

OPSEU/NUPGE members negotiate improvements to the collective agreement 

The new three-year deal for about 20 members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) Local 327 also calls for a 2.25 per cent wage increase over the course of the contract, plus a $700 lump-sum payment. The workers will also benefit from a wage increase if other unions negotiate a higher wage settlement during the course of the contract.

Other highlights of the agreement include five paid equity days off and a clause committing to no layoffs before March 2015. A $200 allowance is in place if work clothing is damaged.

The workers at PCCHU include nutritionists, health promoters, infant development workers and dental hygienists.


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