Oak Ridges Employees Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of First Contract
Richmond Hill, ON—Employees working at Oak Ridges Retirement Community Centre have voted overwhelmingly in favour of their first collective agreement. The contract was negotiated by Health Care and Service Workers Union, CLAC Local 304.
The agreement includes wage improvements from 3 percent to 17 percent for all classifications over the length of the 34-month contract, as well as benefits, a health spending account, and solid CLAC Pension Plan contributions.
“There are many challenges with a first agreement, but the bargaining committee was patient and pleased with a freely negotiated agreement,” says Ruth Ann Ferguson, CLAC representative. “Retirement homes are fast becoming the new long term care homes in Ontario, and these employees deserve to be compensated accordingly.”
“We could not have done this without the hard work, persistence, and determination of the CLAC team,” says Christine Butler, steward and bargaining committee member. “We are so happy and proud to call CLAC our union.”