Stratford, Ont. (345 nurses) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA)
Renewal agreement: Effective June 8, 2021 to March 31, 2023. Ratified in September 2021. Signed on Sept. 9, 2021.
Effective April 1, 2022: 1%
Shift premium: $2.25 per hour for each hour worked within hours defined as evening shift; $2.88 per hour for each hour worked within hours defined as night shift, provided that such hours exceed 2 hours if worked in conjunction with day shift. $2.80 per hour for each hour worked between midnight Friday and midnight Sunday (increases to $3.04 on April 1, 2022). $0.60 per hour for all hours supervising students.
Paid holidays: 12 days.
Vacations with pay: 1.25 days/9.375 hours per completed month of service to start, 3 weeks after 1 year, 4 weeks after 3 years, 5 weeks after 11 years, 6 weeks after 20 years 7 weeks after 25 years.
Overtime: Time and one-half for hours worked in excess of 7.5 in 1 day or 5 days in 1 week; all hours worked on designated holiday. Overtime will not be paid for additional hours worked during 24-hour period as result of request to change tour or change-over to daylight saving or vice versa or exchange of tours by 2 nurses.
Meal allowance: $6 for nurses who work second consecutive full tour or more than 2 hours of overtime, if hospital is unable to provide hot meal.
Medical benefits: Employer pays 100% of premiums for OHIP and Liberty Health Semi-Private Plan.
Dental: Employer pays 75% of premiums, employee pays 25% of premiums for Liberty Health Dental #9 or comparable coverage for recall exams; dentures at 50/50 co-pay up to $1,000 per year; 50/50 co-pay up to $2,000 per year for orthodontics.
Vision: Employer pays 75% of premiums, employee pays 25% of premiums for coverage of $450 and 1 eye exam every 24 months, including laser surgery.
Paramedical: Employer pays 75% of premiums, employee pays 25% of premiums for Liberty Health Extended Health Care Benefits Plan; up to $400 per year per insured person for chiropractic, massage therapy; physiotherapy. Up to $800 per year for mental health services by psychologist, registered psychotherapist or social worker.
STD: Employer pays 100% of premiums for plan at least equivalent to 1980 HOODIP. Hires from Jan. 1, 2006 covered under 1992 HOODIP. No benefit is payable under HOODIP for first 15 hours of absence for sixth and subsequent periods of absence in same fiscal year. For nurses whose regular hours of work are other than standard workday, plan will provide payment for number of hours of absence according to scheduled tour to total of 562.5 hours.
LTD: Employer pays 75% of premiums, employee pays 25% of premiums for coverage under HOODIP or equivalent plan
Life insurance: Hospital pays 100% of premiums for HOOGLIP group plan. HOOVLIP voluntary plan also available to employees.
Bereavement leave: 4 paid working days for death of parent, sibling, spouse, child, child-in-law, parent-in-law, sibling-in-law, grandparent, grandparent of spouse, grandchild. 1 paid working day to attend funeral of aunt, uncle, niece, nephew. Individuals will be granted flexibility to distribute leave over 2 occasions not exceeding 4 days in total, to accommodated religious and cultural diversity.
Seniority – recall rights: 36 months.
Call-in pay: Double time for call-in from standby and working in excess of hours of normal shift. Minimum of 4 hours’ at double time if called back after completing regular shift, except if it overlaps or extends into regular shift.
Probationary period: 70 tours (525 hours worked). May be extended up to additional 60 tours (450 hours). Nurse who transfers from casual or regular part-time to full-time status will not be required to serve probationary period.
Severance: When employee resigns effective within 30 days after receiving individual notice of long-term layoff, they will be entitled to separation allowance of 2 weeks’ salary for each year of continuous service up to 16 weeks’ pay and, upon production of receipts from approved educational program, within 12 months be reimbursed for tuition fees up to $3,000. If resignation is later than 30 days after receiving notice of long-term layoff, separation allowance is 4 weeks’ salary and up to $1,250 for tuition fees.
Mileage: $0.45 per kilometre if employee is asked in advance to work full shift at another site or asked to travel to another site mid-shift. $0.22 per kilometre if nurse is required to travel to hospital or return home as result of reporting to or off work between midnight and 6 a.m.
Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 1% increase):
Registered nurse (start): $33.90 rising in 1 step to $34.24
Registered nurse (4 years): $38.05 rising in 1 step to $38.43
Registered nurse (8 years): $47.69 rising in 1 step to $48.17
Registered nurse (25 years): $48.53 rising in 1 step to $49.02
Team leader and nurse educator (start): $35.93 rising in 1 step to $36.29
Team leader and nurse educator (4 years): $40.33 rising in 1 step to $40.73
Team leader and nurse educator (8 years): $50.55 rising in 1 step to $51.06
Team leader and nurse educator (25 years): $51.44 rising in 1 step to $51.95
Nurse practitioner (start): $59.80 rising in 1 step to $60.40
Nurse practitioner (4 years): $61.96 rising in 1 step to $62.58
Nurse practitioner (8 years): $62.12 rising in 1 step to $62.74
Nurse practitioner (25 years): $63.22 rising in 1 step to $63.85
Editor’s notes: Extended tours/compressed work week: Hospital will implement extended tours on particular unit when 80% of employees in unit indicate by secret ballot. May be discontinued when 50% of employees in unit indicate by secret ballot or there are adverse effects on patient care or staffing schedule. Influenza vaccine: If nurse refuses to take required vaccine, nurse may be placed on unpaid leave during influenza outbreak in hospital until such time as nurse is cleared to return to work. Banked lieu time or vacation credits can be used to keep pay whole. If vaccine is medically contraindicated, nurse will be reassigned during outbreak. Standby: $3.45 per hour to be on standby; $5.05 per hour on paid holiday.