CLAC Members at Five Revera Homes in Ontario Ratify Contract
“Hard-earned” agreement includes improvements to wages and benefits
CAMBRIDGE, ON—CLAC members employed by five Revera homes in southern Ontario have ratified a new collective agreement. The homes include both long term care and retirement residences.
The three-year contract includes wage increases of 1.5 percent each year for three years, as well as improvements to benefits coverage and weekend premium. There are also significant language improvements throughout the contract, including the addition of shift giveaways, which was a priority for the membership.
“This is an incredibly hard-earned contract by the bargaining committee, who faced impossible circumstances in negotiating a fair deal,” said Susan Siemens, CLAC’s Cambridge regional director.
“In addition to having to negotiate in the midst of a pandemic and having to ratify less-than-fair wage increases for the hard work they do every day, it’s also in the context of the Bill 195, which continues to suspend parts of their collective agreement without extending the pandemic pay past August 14. It was an impossible task, but the committee rose to the challenge, and we’re so proud of what they could accomplish in this exceptionally tough season for healthcare workers.”
The agreement covers approximately 650 members working in dietary, laundry, housekeeping, recreation, and nursing at Riverbend Place in Cambridge, Brierwood Gardens in Brantford, Telfer Place in Paris, Summit Place in Owen Sound, and Trillium Court in Kincardine.