(Halifax) – About 100 employees of Compass Group Canada who work at the VG Hospital have signed a new, three-year deal with several improvements and no concessions.
CUPE Local 2761 President Mary Tibert says the deal includes wage increases of 2.9% in each year, and is retroactive to June 2008.
Tibert says, “Talks began last summer. We had a strike vote of 95% in the fall so when we went to conciliation on December 18 and 19, the employer knew we were serious about getting a fair deal. That’s when we reached the tentative agreement. Our members ratified the deal yesterday.”
The deal also includes:
• Significant raises for new hires as well a shortened period to reach full wages
• Increases to sick leave and bereavement clauses
• Two floating holidays a year
• Seniority bonus
“Something we’re particularly proud of is that our part-time employees will now receive 100% coverage for a family medical plan, just like the full-timers. They had previously been eligible for single coverage only,” says Tibert.
Mary Tibert John McCracken
CUPE Local 2761 President CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep.