IAM retirement home workers in Nepean, Ont., sign first agreement

Deal affects 50 workers

Members of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) local lodge 1295 — employed by the Thorncliffe Retirement Home — have ratified their first collective agreement.

The three-year collective agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each year for the majority of the memberships. Others who have reached the top of the wage scale receive a lump sum payment of 1.75 per cent in each year, according to the union.

Other agreement highlights include:

  • All members will join the IAM Pension Plan in the second year of the agreement
  • All members will receive a uniform allowance
  • Improved vacation time
  • Improved overtime hours

“The negotiations committee of Fakhri Khamseh, and Norma Bautista remained steadfast throughout the process ensuring that needed improvements would be reflected in this agreement,” said Jim Snider, IAM district lodge 78 business representative.

The 50 members consist of personal care workers, registered practical nurses, servers, housekeeping, kitchen and maintenance personnel and receptionists. The IAM represents workers at retirement homes in Nepean, North Bay, Orleans, Bowmanville, Toronto and Stratford, all in Ontario.

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