Steelworkers ratify new deal with Country Village Health Care Centre

    WOODSLEE, ON, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers (USW)
Local 9329 have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year collective
agreement with Country Village Health Care Centre in Woodslee, ON, about
30 kilometres east of Windsor.
    The agreement for the 130 service workers provides an immediate general
wage increase of three per cent, retroactive to June 1, 2007 and a total of
8.1 per cent in wage increases over the term of the agreement. In addition to
the general wage increases, Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) will receive an
additional 45 cents per hour.
    The union also negotiated improvements in vacation time, shift premiums,
and uniform allowance.
    "Our union is moving forward to set decent standards in the health care
sector," said USW Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser. "Our members do
important work caring for those who can no longer care for themselves."

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than
280,000 men and women working in every sector of the economy, including the
health care sector.

For further information:

For further information: Doug Brown (USW Representative), (519)

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