SUDBURY, ON, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Members of Local 9350 of the United
Steelworkers (USW), employees at Timmins and District Hospital, have voted 84
per cent in favour of the contract recommended by their bargaining committee.
USW Staff Representative Jim Kmit said that, in addition to wage
increases of three per cent in each year of the contract, the union has
negotiated 70 cents per hour for the registered practical nurses (RPNs) at the
"Over the last several years, hospitals have continued to add duties to
the RPNs, duties that were traditionally registered nurses' work, such as
giving medications to patients," said Kmit. "We believe it's time the
hospitals recognize these added duties and upgrade the RPNs accordingly."
The union has also negotiated that within six months of ratification, the
hospital and union will jointly do an evaluation of the RPN classification so
as to further enhance the RPNs' wages.
"We believe this is a breakthrough for RPNs and would hope that the rest
of the hospitals in Ontario move in the same direction."
The USW represents more than 300 employees at Timmins and District
The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of the economy,
For further information:
For further information: Jim Kmit, (705) 675-2461, ext. 224