TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - In a big victory for local workers, SEIU
Local 1 Canada ratified a contract last Thursday for employees at the
Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent that will give members
a 13.4% wage increase, ratified by 89% of the membership.
In 2010, the association merged its units in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia.
The two units had different union representation - SEIU Local 1 Canada
and OPSEU - and a representation vote took place last summer. On June
14, 2011, SEIU overwhelmingly won the vote, and union members and
representatives immediately began working diligently to bargain for a
After much work, the group negotiated a 3-year agreement, with an
average wage increase of 13.4%, more paid days off, and better dental
and health benefits. The group accepted the contract at a ratification
"It wasn't easy, but we really went to bat for our team," said Jennifer
Hill, Chief Steward for the unit. "I'm so proud of the gains we've made
in ensuring our members are paid fairly for the important work they do,
especially in these tough economic times. They'll really go a long way
in trying to make ends meet."”
The contract is just another way SEIU Local 1 Canada is fighting for
working families in Ontario. For more than 70 years, SEIU has been a
trailblazer in Canada's labour world.
"There have been consistent attacks on working class families. The rich
are getting richer and our dollar doesn't go as far as it used to,"
said Sharleen Stewart, President of the SEIU Local 1 Canada. "That's
why this contract is such a big deal. It illustrates just how much we
can accomplish when we work together and stand for what's right."
About the Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada
represents more than 50,000 healthcare and community services workers
in Ontario. SEIU members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and
retirement homes and community services throughout the province. SEIU
Local 1 Canada has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits
and working conditions for healthcare workers, as well as strengthening
standards in patient and client care.
SOURCE: Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada
For further information:
SEIU Local 1 Canada
(905) 695-1767 ext 3139