09 Jan

County and Nurses’ Association renew collective agreement

Picton – The County of Prince Edward and the Ontario Nurses’ Association, representing nurses at the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home, have renewed their collective agreement.

Council approved the agreement last night. The agreement was previously ratified by the Ontario Nurses’ Association.

“The municipality respects and appreciates the hard work and dedication that nurses devote to the residents at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home,” says James Hepburn, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Prince Edward. “Arriving at this negotiated collective agreement in such a timely manner is a testament to the mutual respect that the municipality and ONA have strived to foster over the past several years.”

The previous collective agreement expired on March 31, 2018. The municipality and the bargaining unit, which currently represents four full-time and six part-time nurses, negotiated the collective agreement renewal over two full-day sessions on December 4 and December 5, 2018.

The new collective agreement is effective April 1, 2018 until March 31, 2020.  Highlights include: 

• Wage increase of 1.4% effective April 1, 2018, and 1.75% effective April 1, 2019
• Benefit improvements for vision care as well psychologist, registered psychotherapist, or social worker coverage
• Increase in footwear and uniform allowance
• Change in language to support efforts to hire new nursing graduates 

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Communications and Media Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 x. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca.