CAW members ratify new agreement with Central Care Corporation

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - CAW members representing 14 long-term care
facilities in Ontario have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective agreement
with their employer, Central Care Corporation, following a series of
ratification meetings that took place from July 31 to August 7. The members of
CAW Locals 229, 302, 504, 830, 1106 and 2458 voted 86% in favour of the
    CAW national staff representative, Katha Fortier, said that the
ratification results underscore the hard work and dedication of the master
bargaining committee. "This is an agreement that our members in the long-term
health care sector can be proud of," said Fortier. "Not only have we made
gains in wages and benefits, we've also made substantial improvements to
working conditions which will make a significant difference in the lives of
our members in these homes, many of whom are women caring for seniors."
    Details of the agreement include a wage increase of 8.36% over a
three-year period as well as a registered practical nurse wage adjustment,
significant benefit improvements including a new member drug card, vacation
improvements for long-service employees and new or improved language on
workload which deals with short staffing issues, return to work programs and
    This was the first set of negotiations for the CAW at these fourteen
long-term care facilities under the new ownership of Central Care Corporation
(formerly Central Park Lodges). This agreement covers 2,000 nursing, personal
care, and support service workers in 14 nursing homes across the province, in
the communities of Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Goderich,
Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Kitchener, Picton and Port Dover.

For further information:

For further information: Katha Fortier, CAW National Staff
Representative, (519) 259-8100 (cell); or Nancy McMurphy, President CAW Local
302, (519) 494-8716 (cell)

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