Settlement gives employees raises between 10-19% over three years
STETTLER, Alta. – Employees of the County of Stettler Housing Authority have ratified a new contract giving them raises of 10-19% over three years.
The 68 employees, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), negotiated a new contract with significant wage increases, benefit improvements, and improvements in compassionate and bereavement leave.
The contract also includes an agreement by the Authority to hire more staff to deal with workload issues.
CUPE Alberta President D’Arcy Lanovaz says that while the improvements seem rich, it’s only because long term care employees have been historically underpaid for so long.
“The Auditor General and the MLA task force have identified staffing levels and staff wages as key issues to be resolved to improve our long term care system,” said Lanovaz. “This contract is a major step in the right direction for improving care for our seniors.”
“By hiring more staff, seniors will get better care. By paying the staff well, turnover will be reduced, staff will be happier and more productive, and the residences will be better places to live.”
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