New Deal for Workers at Sunnyside Home

August 7, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

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CAW members working at Sunnyside Home in Waterloo, Ontario have reached a new collective agreement with the Region of Waterloo. The new agreement between the Region and CAW local 1106 covers 365 workers at the long term care facility.

The new three-year agreement includes a four per cent wages increase over the life of the contract, as well as significant improvements to scheduling.

CAW Local 1106 President Bill McLachlan said the new scheduling language helps address the chronic understaffing experienced in many health care and long term care units, often referred to as "working short."

 "The new scheduling language will allow for a faster turnaround with respect to calling in replacement staff in shortage situations," McLachlan said. "We've also introduced a new mechanism that allows our members to formally report workload and understaffing issues directly with management, and allows our union to track these issues over time."

Changes were also made in the contract to paid holiday language, overtime scheduling, posting job vacancies and scheduling availability for part-time staff.

CAW Local 1106 represents Registered Practical Nurses, Personal Support Workers, environment support workers, housekeepers, maintenance workers, and office and clerical workers at Sunnyside.

The agreement was ratified by the membership on Tuesday July 9 with 89 per cent approval.

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