Job security, disability program funding part of agreement: UFCW
The new collective agreement for United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), Local 1518 members working in community health has come into effect on April 11.
The agreement brings in yearly wage increases of two per cent over the next three years, as well as enhanced benefits, improved scheduling, and measures to address staff retention, said the union.
Other highlights of the agreement include improvements to employment security provisions, the creation of a task force to investigate guaranteed hours and other issues and additional funding for the enhanced disability management program, said UFCW.
UFCW 1518 represents about 2,000 of the 16,000 home-support workers who ratified the three-year contract with health employers across B.C.
The contract ratification follows a recent announcement that most of the issues surrounding low wage redress funding, one of the major gains of the last round of bargaining, had been resolved, said the union.
UFCW Canada Local 1518 represents more than 20,000 members working in a diverse range of industries across B.C. and Yukon, including the retail food, community health, seasonal agriculture and professional service sectors.