RPNs Ratify Agreement after Lengthy Negotiations with Chatham-Kent VON
Chatham, ON—Registered practical nurses with the Chatham-Kent Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) voted 89 percent in favour of a new four-year collective agreement following three years of negotiations with their employer.
The nurses, who are members of Local 303, provide home care throughout the region. Their previous contract had expired three years ago, and the new contract provides them with lump sum payments to compensate for the last three years, with a modest wage increase for the fourth year.
This ratification brings the expired contract back up to date, with only months to spare before the parties head back to the bargaining table in early 2020.
“We knew, based on the pattern of settlements across Ontario, that we got as much as we could for our members during this protracted round of bargaining,” says Ryan Griffioen, CLAC representative. “Much more needs to be done to improve wages for these homecare workers. We look forward to getting back to the table early next year to fight for a wage rate that reflects the hard work they do and the skill set required to provide quality home care.”