Once a new collective agreement is negotiated and ratified, it’ll apply to over 300 workers.
The workers had been waiting for almost 3 years for a new contract.
Calgary nursing care workers employed by Carewest had been without a contract for over 3 years and their last raise was back in 2016.
The workers had been waiting since last December for a new contract.
This comes to less than 2% per year on average, which is less than the rate of inflation. As well, pension contributions have changed, with the employer no longer providing more than the worker.
Unionized workers employed by the Good Samaritan Society have been without a new contract for over 6 years. The mediator came back with recommendations that are better than nothing, but workers still can’t keep up with inflation.
These new raises mean none of the workers under this contract will be making less than $20 an hour and 4 classifications of workers will be making over $40 an hour by 2026.
The new contract promises a 7% wage increase over 4 years, following a 1.75% increase during the previous 3 years.
These continuing care workers are based out of Calgary and voted to unionize back in the summer of 2021. This is their first contract.
Their new contract also brings changes to long service benefits and personal leave.