Local union celebrates 13.4% wage increase for members

CMHA_Logo_EN_80x265In a big victory for local workers, SEIU Local 1 Canada ratified a contract on Thursday December 6 for employees at the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton-Kent, that will give members a 13.4% wage increase, ratified by 89% of the membership.

In 2010, the association merged its units in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia. The two units had different union representation, SEIU Local 1 Canada and OPSEU, and a representation vote took place last summer. On June 14, 2011, SEIU overwhelmingly won the vote, and union members and representatives immediately began working diligently to bargain for a new contract.

The group negotiated a 3-year agreement, with an average wage increase of 13.4%, more paid days off, and better dental and health benefits. The group accepted the contract at a ratification vote.

“It wasn’t easy, but we really went to bat for our team,” said Jennifer Hill, Chief Steward for the unit. “I’m so proud of the gains we’ve made in ensuring our members are paid fairly for the important work they do, especially in these tough economic times. They’ll really go a long way in trying to make ends meet.”

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