Lakeshore Retirement Home Workers Approve New Deal

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Unionized workers at La Chaumiere Retirement Residence in Lakeshore have ratified a new contract.

60 members of Unifor Local 2458 voted unanimously in favour of the deal.

The union represents Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Personal Support Workers who work at the home on County Rd. 22.

The new contract replaces the previous one which had expired on January 2019. It includes improvements in health benefits, access to mental health supports and wage increases of 8% and 12% over the term of the contracts. 

"This contract gives health care workers at La Chaumiere the highest wage increases we have seen in a long while, making jobs at this retirement residence good jobs that workers can rely on," said Shelley Smith, Unifor Local 2458 Second Vice President. "Employers across the province need to take notice that attracting and retaining health care workers starts by ensuring workers are fairly compensated."

The contract also includes improvements to work schedule language, paid education leave and increased shift premiums.