HALIFAX, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - CAW members at LaHave Manor near
Bridgewater have unanimously ratified a new three-year collective
agreement that provides strong wage increases and premium pay gains as
well as first time provisions respecting seniority, job security and
Voting for the new agreement took place on March 7.
CAW National Representative Rick Rose commended the 65 members at LaHave
Manor for their resolve during negotiations for this first contract
after lengthy delays in the certification process in 2012.
"Despite the challenge of negotiating a first collective agreement in a
long established workplace, our bargaining committee was successful in
achieving major improvements," said Rose. "We made gains in key areas
and have built a strong foundation for future agreements."
In addition to incremental increases in all classifications to meet
industry standards, wages will increase by 2 per cent, 2.5 per cent and
3 percent over the life of the three-year agreement. Workers will also
get a shift premium of $1.50 per hour when they work nights.
Other provisions in the first contract include lieu time for statutory
holidays, sick leave, group insurance and pension plans.
"I never imagined that we could get a great deal like this," said Stacy
Harvey, CAW bargaining committee member at LaHave. "Since we voted to
join the CAW, we finally have the rights and protections that have been
needed for so long and an amazing collective agreement to back us up."
CAW members at LaHave provide long-term care and other health-related
services. LaHave workers won union certification through the Nova
Scotia Labour Board in October 2012 following a series of hearings to
determine the scope of the bargaining unit.
The CAW represents over 10,000 workers across Nova Scotia, including in
health care, shipbuilding, aerospace, retail stores, and others.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
Rick Rose, CAW National Representative (cell) 902-818-2794 or email email@example.com