Health care workers in the Thomson-Shuswap achieve gains in new contract

VANCOUVER, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union working at Eagle Valley Manor in Sicamous and Thompson View Manor in Ashcroft ratified new contracts last week.

The contracts, which are both successorship contracts from a previous contract with InSite Housing Hospitality and Health, included significant wage increases and additional vacation time.

"We are pleased to have achieved such significant gains for our members at these two health care facilities," said BCGEU president Darryl Walker.

"Seniors deserve dignity and quality care and the way to provide that for them is by ensuring competitive wages in the sector that attract and retain skilled health care workers."

Both agreements include an annual wage increase of 4%, increases of the casual vacation in lieu amount from 4% to 6% and the addition of Easter Monday as a statutory holiday.

The Eagle Valley Manor contract is a 3-year agreement and the Thompson View Manor agreement is a 5-year agreement.

Eagle Valley Manor and Thompson View Manor are assisted living facilities providing seniors' care in the Thompson-Shuswap area. BCGEU members working there include assisted living coordinators, assisted living workers, cooks and recreation workers.

SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union

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