Ontario Hospital Association Reaches Tentative Collective Agreement With Canadian Union of Public Employees

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) announced
today that it has reached a negotiated, tentative four-year collective
agreement for hospital employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE).
    "Both CUPE and the OHA recognized that a negotiated collective agreement
is in the best interests of hospital employees and, as a result, our
patients," said OHA President and CEO Tom Closson. "The hard work of CUPE and
the OHA has resulted in this voluntary agreement and set the stage for an even
more productive working relationship over the next several years."

    Key details of the agreement include:

    -   Predictable, affordable wage increases for an unprecedented four
        years (running from September 29, 2009 to September 28, 2013)
    -   A committee, made up of representatives of participating hospitals
        and CUPE, to examine the issue of sick leave

    Both parties have agreed to ratification no later than October 30, 2009.
    The OHA would also like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation
to mediator Bill Kaplan for his key role in assisting the parties in reaching
this collective agreement.
    This proposed settlement would cover 54 participating hospitals and
approximately 20,080 employees. Generally speaking, the settlement would cover
dietary assistants and house-keeping and clerical staff and nurses.

For further information:

For further information: Chris McPherson, Ontario Hospital Association,
(416) 205-1305

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