600 ParaMed PSWs and HSWs Ratify First Contract Providing Wage and Other Improvements
Oshawa, ON—Employees of ParaMed Home Health Care in Oshawa voted 87 percent recently in favour of a first collective agreement providing them with wage increases and numerous improvements to their working terms and conditions.
The 600 workers, employed as personal support workers (PSWs) and home support workers (HSWs), are members of Health Care and Service Workers Union, CLAC Local 304. They were certified by the Ontario Labour Relations Board in September 2020 after a strong vote in favour of joining the union.
The three-year contract brings monetary provisions staff were not entitled to previously including paid sick days, paid bereavement leaves, improved mileage and paid travel time, reimbursement for alternative transportation options, shift and weekend premiums, and additional paid vacation time for employees with ten years or more of service. It also includes provisions for job postings, seniority, and scheduling language and ensures that no superior monetary provisions would be rolled back.
A standard wage grid and annual wage increases of one percent over the term as well as a one-time lump sum payment for all employees were also key provisions negotiated for employees.
“ParaMed workers needed an advocate to pursue their best interests, and that’s what we are here to do,” says Kevin Gates, CLAC representative. “Consistency and fairness were two of the biggest drivers for them to join CLAC. We look forward to providing much more for them over the coming years.”