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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Red Cross PSWs Reach Deal

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

130 PSW's in our region, and 4500 in Ontario have reached a tentative deal

4500 SEIU members have a new tentative contract settlement to look over, and that includes 130 personal support workers in Grey and Bruce Counties. 

They are employed by Red Cross Care Partners, with the regional office in Owen Sound.

Union spokesperson Bill Hulme says workers have been without a contract since the end of March and SEIU had recently filed a "no board report" with the Ministry of Labour due to failed negotiations.

The PSW's were set to strike November 23rd, but Hulme says an agreement was reached Tuesday night with the Red Cross Care Partners.

One of the big issues is money, and while Hulme says they did get the monetary issue settled there are other improvements in the deal that he feels workers will like.

Hulme declined to give details of the agreement but says it is longer than a two year contract.

Ratification votes will be held across Ontario over the next few weeks and results will be tabulated on November 30th.

The union is recommending acceptance of the package.

Meanwhile, SEIU members turned out for a rally at Owen Sound City Hall on Wednesday night.

They were showing their support for OPSEU members who are PSW workers for the VON.

Those union members are still without a contract and are in a legal strike position on November 28th.

OPSEU spokesperson Paul Johnstone says however, the VON has agreed to a mediation session on December 10th, so he has given his word that the PSW workers will not strike before then.

Johnstone says the OPSEU workers earn up to $13.40 an hour with VON.




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