Hospital professionals reach Ontario-wide agreement

Tentative deal includes improvements to wages, vacations

More than 12,000 hospital professional across Ontario reached a new collective agreement with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA).

The three-year agreement was signed following a marathon bargaining session and includes improvements to wages, vacation entitlements and shift premiums.

The tentative deal would affect employees at 53 hospitals throughout the province.

Employees affected by the contract include lab technologists, radiation technologists, respiratory therapists, social workers, pharmacy technicians and workers in more than 250 other occupations.

According to the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) this agreement is the first central contract in a decade to be settled at the bargaining table. Previous central contracts were reached through arbitration.

Ratification votes on the deal will be held on a local basis throughout June.

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