CAW members ratify new agreement with Extendicare

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - CAW members in 10 Extendicare long term care
homes across Ontario have ratified a significant new collective agreement by
88 per cent. The three-year agreement will affect 1100 members working in
facilities in Sault Ste.Marie, the London area, Kingston, Windsor, Oakville
and Ottawa.
    "It was one of our most challenging rounds of negotiations, but with the
solidarity and commitment of our bargaining committee, we were able to
negotiate an agreement we were proud to take back to our members," said Nancy
McMurphy, CAW Local 302 President and member of the CAW National Executive
    The agreement includes an 8.6 per cent general wage increase and 14.2 per
cent for Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) over three years. Also included in
the collective agreement are improved benefits such as dental care and vision
coverage, increased union representation, improved protection for workers
during outbreaks and strengthened language around short staffing.
    "This contract reflects the issues that our members deal with on a
regular basis such as short staffing, outbreaks and management attitudes,"
said Robert Buchanan, CAW National Representative assigned to Extendicare
bargaining. "The members' high rate of approval demonstrates the strength an
agreement negotiated by the workers, instead of an arbitrated one."

For further information:

For further information: CAW National Representative, Robert Buchanan,
(cell) (519) 673-7276; CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell) (416)

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