TORONTO, June 3, 2011 /CNW/ - On Thursday, June 2, 2011, a Board of Arbitration chaired by Jane Devlin
released an award affecting 137 Ontario hospitals and the Ontario
Nurses' Association, which represents approximately 45,000 registered
nurses and allied health professionals. The new collective agreement
covers the term from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014.
The award provides improvements to registered nurses' health benefits,
shift premiums and vacation entitlements in Year 1 and Year 2, which
are offset by the amendments to short-term disability and early
retirement allowance payments. The award also includes a 2.75%
across-the-board increase in salary rates in Year 3.
"We believe that this was the best possible award in today's
fiscally-constrained environment," said Tom Closson, President and CEO
of the Ontario Hospital Association. "The award is consistent with the
Government of Ontario's stated policy directive with respect to
"Ontario's hospitals value the work that registered nurses do every day,
and offer registered nurses some of the best wages, benefits, work
environments and opportunities for professional development anywhere,"
said Closson. For example, by 2013, a nurse beginning their career will
earn $30.17 per hour, plus benefits, while a nurse with 25 years of
experience will earn $43.61 per hour plus benefits.
"The Ontario Hospital Association continues to believe that all
registered nurses - and all hospital employees - should be treated and
compensated equitably, whether they are unionized or not," said
Closson. "We will continue to encourage the Government of Ontario to
find a way to ensure that all of the highly-skilled professionals who
provide patient care in hospitals are treated fairly."
SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association
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