A Fair Contract for Woodingford Lodge Workers

May 11, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

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CAW Local 636 members at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock, Ontario are being forced to arbitration while non-union employees at the Oxford County nursing home have recently received 2.5 and two per cent wage increases.

On April 27 a protest was held prior to the Oxford County Council meeting demanding fairness in the current round of bargaining for the 250 full-time and part-time workers at the facility.

Unit chairperson Kelly-Anne Orr and CAW national representative Robert Buchanan made a deputation to council expressing outrage at the treatment of Woodingford's front line workers.

"The membership work extremely hard and deserve to be treated fairly in terms of compensation, especially considering that the employer has already provided wage increases to non-union workers," said Orr. 

The front line workers at Woodingford's three sites have fully endorsed further action to highlight the lack of respect that County Council has exhibited towards unionized staff.

Arbitration remains scheduled for August 22.

Oxford County, the employer, originally incorrectly argued the nursing home was covered by provincial wage restraint legislation (Bill 16). They later shifted their position claiming they were covered under the "spirit of the Act," said CAW National Representative Robert Buchanan.

"We told County Council that they needed to show some leadership and order their bargaining team back to the table with a mandate to bargain." said Buchanan. "Lets see if they listen".

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