New Agreement Ratified at Woodingford Lodge Homes

July 27, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

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CAW Local 636 members who work at three Woodingford Lodge homes have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement with solid wage and benefit increases.

Workers at homes in Tillsonburg, Ingersoll and Woodstock, Ontario voted 92 per cent in favour of the new agreement on July 21. The agreement includes a six per cent wage increase over three years, an increase in weekend premiums, and gains in dental, hearing aids and the uniform allowance.

CAW National Representative Robert Buchanan said it was the tenacity of the bargaining committee and the resolve of the Woodingford membership that achieved this strong settlement.

"We went from concession based bargaining, to wage freezes, to this settlement, ratified by 92 per cent," said Buchanan. "This could only have been done with this kind of committee and this kind of support," he said.

CAW Unit Chairperson Kelly-Anne Orr said the agreement is a step in the right direction that hopefully signals a return to an environment of timely, open bargaining and the ongoing resolution of day to day issues.

CAW Local 636 represents 240 full-time and part-time workers at Woodingford Lodge.

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