St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

St. Thomas, Ont. (228 nurses) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA)

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
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Renewal agreement: Effective June 8, 2021 to March 31, 2023. Ratified in September 2021. Signed on Oct. 28, 2021.

Wage adjustments:

Effective April 1, 2022: 1%

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 and all hours worked on designated holiday. Time and one-half for all hours worked on hospital holidays. Up to 30 hours of lieu time can be banked.

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, and 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 brochure. Employees hired after 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 towards coverage under LTD portion of HOODIP.

Life insurance: Employer pays 100% of premiums for HOOGLIP group plan. HOOVLIP voluntary plan also available to employees.

Bereavement leave: 4 paid days for death of parent, sibling, spouse, child, child-in-law, parent-in-law, sibling-in-law, grandparent, spouse’s grandparent, grandchild. 1 paid day to attend funeral of aunt, uncle, niece, nephew. May be distributed over 2 occasions to accommodate religious or 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 in to regular shift.

Probationary period: 70 tours or 525 hours of work. May be extended with written consent. 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 notice of long-term layoff, employee 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 week’s 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 because of reporting to or off work between midnight and 6 a.m.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after increase):

Registered nurse (start): $33.90 rising 1 step to $34.24

Registered nurse (4 years): $38.05 rising 1 step to $38.43

Registered nurse (8 years): $47.69 rising 1 step to $48.17

Registered nurse (25 years): $48.53 rising 1 step to $49.02

Graduate nurse (start): $32.38 rising 1 step to $32.70

Graduate nurse (4 years): $36.10 rising 1 step to $36.46

Graduate nurse (7 years): $41.83 rising 1 step to $42.25

Charge nurse/team lead CICU (start): $36.03 rising 1 step to $36.39

Charge nurse/team lead CICU (4 years): $40.43 rising 1 step to $40.83

Charge nurse/team lead CICU (8 years): $50.67 rising 1 step to $51.18

Charge nurse/team lead CICU (25 years): $51.57 rising 1 step to $52.09

Clinical resource nurse/clinical educator (start): $35.43 rising 1 step to $35.78

Clinical resource nurse/clinical educator (4 years): $39.76 rising 1 step to $40.16

Clinical resource nurse/clinical educator (8 years): $49.83 rising 1 step to $50.33

Clinical resource nurse/clinical educator (25 years): $50.71 rising 1 step to $51.22

Editor’s notes: Scheduling: Nurses will not be scheduled to work more than 4 consecutive 9.375-hour tours. Influenza vaccine: If nurse refuses to take required vaccine, nurse may be placed on unpaid leave during any 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).

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