VON, home support workers agree on new contract

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Union had voted 98 per cent in favour of strike back in February

There will be no strike by unionized home support workers with the VON.

There will be no strike by unionized home support workers with the VON.

AMHERST – Unionized home support workers with the Victorian Order of Nurses in Cumberland County have reached a tentative agreement with their employer.

“The members of Local 3953 reached the agreement on April 3, which includes all the monetary items in the provincial template plus some other modest increases,” CUPE national representative Grant Dart said in a news release.

The agreement was ratified by the membership on April 17.

The local was the last CUPE home support group to not have a negotiated contract. Once ratified, the employees will be out from Bill 30 and move to Bill 37, the government’s Essential Services Act.

“We want the premier and his labour minister to take note of the fact that this local was able to freely bargain an agreement under Bill 30,” Dart said. “It clearly shows Nova Scotians that unions and employers in this province can freely negotiate contracts without heavy-handed, government intrusion.”

The workers, who were earning $16.39 an hour before the agreement, were without a contract since March 31, 2012.

In February the local had voted 98 per cent in favour of taking strike action.

 

Organizations: Victorian Order, Essential Services

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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