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OTTAWA, Ont. Ottawa hospital workers, members of Local 4000 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are set to vote on a new contract that will help workers concentrate on patient care and provide stability in the hospital system. The two-year, breakthrough collective agreement is patterned on a deal reached last month between the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), and CUPEs Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).

The ratification vote will take place on April 13th, on all campuses of the Ottawa Hospital, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Executive members will be available for comment and the ratification vote will present a photo opportunity for local media.

This collective agreement will improve wages and job security for our members, said Dianne Lavoie, president of CUPE 4000. Once it is ratified, it will improve labour relations at the hospital, and allow us to work together to ensure Ottawa residents continue to receive the best possible hospital care. CUPE 4000 represents over 3,000 workers who are RPNs, cooks, cleaners, clerical staff, shippers and receivers, electricians and plumbers.

Highlights of the deal include a 3 per cent wage increase in the first year, 2.5% in the second year, improvements to medical, bereavement, education and compassionate leave, and significant gains in job security protections.

  • Who?
    CUPE 4000 Hospital Workers

  • What?
    Ratification vote on tentative contract settlement

  • When?
    April 13th, 2005, from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Where?
    Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus
    Ottawa Hospital General Campus
    Ottawa Hospital Riverside Campus (until 4 pm)


For further information, please contact:
Dianne Lavoie, CUPE 4000 President, 613-722-0652
Richard Gauthier, CUPE National Rep., 613-237-0115
Chantale Grenon-Nyenhuis, CUPE National Rep., 613-237-0115
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999