Ontario Hospital Association Reaches Tentative Collective Agreement with CAW Employees

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) announced
today that it has reached a negotiated, tentative three-year collective
agreement for hospital employees represented by the Canadian Auto Workers
    "By working hard to reach a voluntary tentative agreement, both CAW and
the OHA are setting the stage for an even more productive working relationship
over the next several years," said OHA President and CEO Tom Closson.
"Negotiated collective agreements are in the best interests of hospital
employees and, as a result, patients."

    Key details of the agreement include:

    -   Predictable, affordable wage increases for the next three years; and

    -   Increased Hospital flexibility to manage vacant positions.

    Ratification for the agreement is expected to occur in early October.
    This proposed settlement would cover 753 employees in eight hospitals
that participate in the OHA's northern group bargaining process. Generally
speaking, the settlement would cover dietary assistants and house-keeping and
clerical staff and nurses.
    Last week, the OHA settled a similar agreement with the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE), which covers 54 participating hospitals and
approximately 20,080 employees.

For further information:

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

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