CAW Members Ratify Agreements at Leamington Hospital

January 6, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

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CAW Local 2458 members at Leamington District Memorial Hospital in Ontario have overwhelmingly voted to ratify three-year collective agreements covering 50 workers in the Lab/x-ray tech unit and 70 workers in the service unit.

The service agreement was ratified by 83 per cent and the Tech agreement by 93 per cent.

The service agreement includes a two per cent wage increase in each year with wages retroactive. There is also a special RPN adjustment of 0.15 cents per hour in each year of the agreement. There are shift and weekend premiums increases, an increase in bereavement leaves, as well as other monetary and working conditions gains.

The tech unit agreement includes a 2.5 per cent wage increase in the first and second years and a two per cent increase in the third. Also included are shift premium increases, an increase in bereavement leave and gains in other monetary and working condition issues.

"These two agreements mean these CAW members have made important progress in this round of bargaining," said CAW national representative Jack Robinson.

Local 2458 President Bruce Dickie said many Ontario hospitals settled contracts prior to Christmas which include modest wage increases. But he said Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj continues to play scrooge with more than 700 Local 2458 health care members at that facility by demanding wage freezes. "After Musyj's wages increased by 81 per cent over the past few years he can hardly claim to be the poster child for wage restraint," Dickie said.

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